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 alumni.ufv.ca/awards/distinguished-alumni-awards/


For more information, contact Alicia Friesen at alicia.friesen@ufv.ca


SSHRC Institutional Grant: Call for Proposals — deadline April 30

The UFV Research Office was successful in its application to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for an Institutional Grant (SIG) and is now issuing a call for proposals.

The call for proposals is for research projects in social sciences and humanities under the theme of Community, Justice and Cultural Engagement. The applications have to fall within the eligibility requirements of SSHRC. If you have a health-related application please contact Yvette Fairweather before applying.

Please see the attached call for proposals for more details. The deadline to apply for the 2018 competition is April 30.

The application form can be found at: https://www.ufv.ca/research/faculty/sshrc-institutional-grant/ or www.ufv.ca/Research/Forms.htm.

For more information, contact Yvette Fairweather at yvette.fairweather@ufv.ca


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 josephine.charlie@ufv.ca or Tery Kozma (Abbotsford) 1-888-504-7441 x 4069 theresa.kozma@ufv.ca

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.




Register for Professional Development Day

Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to a day of professional development to connect with colleagues, learn tools, tips, and trends in higher education, and grow UFV towards the future together.

Start the day off with a presentation about the transformation that is underway in the K-12 system by keynote speaker Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools for the Abbotsford School District.

You can customize your day of learning by selecting from over 30 workshops including:

  • The Pedagogy of Civil Discourse in the Trump Era
  • An Introduction to Research Data Management
  • Ketogenic Diet: Lose Weight and Prevent Diseases
  • Including Multilingual Learners in Your Classroom
  • Staying Safe in Cyberspace

Refreshments and lunch provided, as well as prizes!

The full agenda can be found at ufv.ca/pdday2018.

Thurs, April 26
8:30 am-4:00 pm


For more information, contact Nicolle Bourget at nicolle.bourget@ufv.ca


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 jennifer.chew@ufv.ca


UFV Athletics and Campus Recreation summer camp schedule now online

The Athletics and Campus Recreation department will be hosting summer camps on both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campus for ages 6-18 from July 3-August 30, 2018. Our camps provide young people the opportunity to explore different sports and recreational activities, while promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

Program curriculum is geared towards promoting self-esteem, positive social interaction, co-operation and leadership development. Our camps are led by current UFV students from a variety of academic backgrounds as well as varsity coaches and student athletes.

Check out the website for camp descriptions, dates and pricing. Registration is now OPEN.


For more information, contact Cheryl Van Nes at cheryl.vannes@ufv.ca


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 jennifer.chew@ufv.ca


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 kamaljit.toriumi@ufv.ca


TLC Showcase: Talk It Out/Try It Out: open session forum — April 10

UFV Teaching and Learning presents the April Showcase: A Partnership for Teaching, Learning and Scholarly Engagement, facilitated by Anna Griffith and Mary Saudelli.

This month’s topic is Talk It Out/Try It Out: open session forum: An opportunity for faculty to talk out or try out pedagogical ideas, SoTL ideas or other research projects they are working on.

Looking forward to seeing you.

April 10

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
G124 – Thinkerspace


For more information, contact Leah Lyon at leah.lyon@ufv.ca


Draw pandas in China! Sichuan study tour 2018


MAY 15-MAY 25, 2018

Travel to the heart of Sichuan, China, home of the world’s Giant Pandas. Enjoy 10 days immersed in the capital city of Chengdu, China, with Visual Arts Professor Shelley Stefan.

Students gain academic credit in drawing while exploring the Giant Panda Research Base, Sichuan teahouses, Buddhist temples, lotus ponds, ancient sites, art museums, and more!

Students stay with faculty at the host campus of Sichuan Normal University, UFV’s recent exchange partner. SNU campus is located right in the hub of Chengdu, a thriving and cultural city, home to the world-famous, spicy Sichuan cuisine.

Learn traditional Chinese Ink Drawing at SNU College of Fine Arts, do Tai Chi sketching at sunrise, draw pandas in their natural habitat. Have an experience of a lifetime while enjoying the art, culture, and cuisine of Chengdu, China.

Study Tour Requirement*:
Students must register in one or more of the following:
a. VA 113 – Introduction to Drawing – 3 credits (No pre-req’s needed)
b. VA 421 – Independent Study: Painting/Drawing – 3 credits
c. VA 221 – Drawing II – 3 credits
d. VA 422 – Independent Study: Painting/Drawing – 3 credits

Study Tour Cost: $2,200
– Price covers flights, hotel, bus, visa, and event tickets
– Students pay for their own food, which is extremely affordable and delicious!

*Some restrictions may apply

To submit an expression of interest to be considered for the tour, contact: Shelley.stefan@ufv.ca


For more information, contact jennifer chew at jennifer.chew@ufv.ca