Two authors with UFV connections are BC Book Prize finalists

Two authors with UFV connections have been named a finalists for a BC Book Prize.

English associate professor Andrea MacPherson’s most recent novel What We Once Believed is in the running for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, through the BC Book Prizes.

What We Once Believed (Publisher: Caitlin Press) is the story of Maybe Collins, whose life is upended by the appearance of her mother Camille, who disappeared nine years earlier. Now an acclaimed author of a memoir about motherhood and Women’s Liberation, Camille is distant and confounding, and Maybe tries to piece together her mother’s life — why she left, the truth behind her famous memoir, and the future of their fractured relationship. When Maybe discovers that her mother is writing another book—a book about her return — the betrayal is fierce and painful, and Maybe resolves to teach Camille a lesson that will change things

Andrea MacPherson is a poet and novelist, and has written six books: three novels, What We Once BelievedBeyond the Blue, and When She Was Electric, and three poetry collections, Ellipses, Away, and Natural Disasters When She Was Electric placed number 6 on CBC Canada Reads: People’s Choice, and Natural Disasters was longlisted for the ReLit Awards.

Her poetry was anthologized in the UK publication, How the Light Gets In, and she has been a runner-up in both Grain Magazine’s Short Grain Award, and Prism International’s Poetry Award.

Born in Vancouver, Andrea was raised in the Lower Mainland.  Andrea holds an MFA from the Creative Writing department at the University of British Columbia, where she was Editor of Prism International.  She has also acted as the Reviews Editor for Event Magazine.  Andrea teaches creative writing and literature at UFV.









Nicola Campbell most recently organized the Indigenous Film Series at UFV. She also served as a docent for the Witness Blanket’s time at UFV, and taught a storytelling course for the Theatre department in 2017. She is nominated for her children’s book A Day with Yayah, which was illustrated by Julie Flett.

A Day with Yayah
by Nicola Campbell, illustrated by Julie Flett
Publisher: Tradewind Books

Set in the Nicola Valley in BC, a First Nations family goes on an outing to gather edible plants and mushrooms. The grandmother, Yayah, passes down her knowledge of the natural world to her young grandchildren.

First Nations author Nicola I. Campbell lives in BC. Her books have won many awards, including the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and the Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year Award.

Campbell is Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis and is named after her home, BC’s Nicola Valley. She has a BFA and a MFA in Creative Writing. She is currently a doctoral candidate, her research focus is on contemporary and traditional Indigenous literature and storytelling practices through UBCO in Kelowna, BC. She has lived in Stó:lō and Coast Salish solh temexw for approximately 20 years and currently resides in Rosedale, BC.

Nicola writes adult and children’s free-verse poetry, fiction and non-fiction. On land and water she finds peace: paddling her cedar dugout canoe, running, hiking and biking. She has a strong respect and an absolute belief in First Nation’s spirituality, culture and tradition.

I heard an elder speak of the importance of our languages and our culture. He said, “Our words are powerful; our stories are elastic; our languages are music: they dance, they move and they are medicine for our people. He said they are a spirit within themselves and we are only the channel that brings them to life.” I write because I know what he said is true.

Campbell’s other books include:

Grandpa’s Girls

  • 2012 published by Groundwood Books
  • finalist for the 2012 BC Book Awards Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.

Shin-chi’s Canoe

  • 2009 published by Groundwood Books
  • Received 2009 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
  • 2009 USBBY Outstanding International Books List
  • Finalist for the 2009 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Finalist 2008 Governor Generals award for illustration.


  • 2006 published by Groundwood Books
  • Finalist 2006 Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award,
  • Finalist 2006 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
  • Finalist 2006 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.
  • Co-winner 2006 Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year Award.




Internet outages on March 21

There will be two planned internet outages on the Abbotsford campus in the next two weeks. All staff, faculty, and students will be unable to access UFV internet services, including websites, email, landline telephone systems, cloud systems, external monitoring environments, and remote access during this time:


Wed, March 14

60 minutes between 1 am to 5 am


Wed, March 21

60 minutes between 1 am to 5 am


These outages are required for Telus maintenance. Please contact Bryan Daniel should you have any questions or concerns at



Board of Governors policy and bylaw updates

At its meeting on March 1, 2018, the Board of Governors approved the following:

  •  Revisions to Board Bylaw BGB-110.08 Officers of the Board
  •  Revisions to Board Bylaw BGB-110.07 Board Composition, Appointment, Election and Succession
  •  Revisions to the Board Policy on Academic and Corporate Seals and Coat of Arms (BRP-200.03)
  •  Revisions to the Board Policy on Academic Freedom (BRP-201.01)
  •  Review with no revisions to the Board Policy on Delegation of Authority on Academic Matters (BRP-235.04)
  •  Review with no revisions to the Board Policy Direction on Board and Senate Relationships (BPD-235)

The policies and bylaws are available at and

For more information, contact Lisa McMartin at


Policy Consultation — Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (53) policy revisions

The University Secretariat invites your feedback on the proposed revisions to the Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (53) policy. Supporting documents are available at

If you have any feedback, please submit your comments to by April 13.

For more information, contact Lisa McMartin at


Career Readiness Path — prepare for your future!

Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare graduates for a successful transition into the workforce.

In a recent survey, 400 Canadian employers where asked what graduates lack. The top 5 were as follows:

1. Interpersonal or people skills: 51%
2. Problem-solving skills: 45%
3. Teamwork: 41%
4. Oral communication: 40%
5. Creative thinking: 38%

We believe completion of this Career Readiness Path will help prepare future graduates for the workforce. The path is housed in myCampusLife and is open to all UFV students.
More information:

For more information, contact Elicia Tournier at


Bookstore pop-up sale! Mar 6-8

Visit UFV Bookstore Pop Up Sale March 6, 7 & 8!
OReg ( Building B) Abbotsford & Bookstore in Chilliwack
10 am-3 pm

Hundreds of sale items including:
Hoodies | T-Shirts | Sweatpants | Pajamas | Jackets | Jewelery | Kids Tees | Gift Items
Over 200 school Supplies from $1-$5!

Debit, credit and cash accepted – all sales are final.

For more information, contact UFV Bookstore at


Students recommend ways to enhance campus learning

In the fall of 2017, UFV’s Teaching and Learning Centre began soliciting for proposals from students on improving learning at UFV. The question was, “What can UFV do to enhance your learning.” Three prizes were awarded. The contest drew 27 proposals from students over a six-week period. An ad hoc committee reviewed the proposals and three winners were chosen.

The top three projects, as determined by the committee were:

1) Sleep Pods – Muriah Cardin

As a commuting student from Langley, with classes in Chilliwack, then a drive to a part-time job, Muriah often finds that she is napping in her car, and she notes, she’s not alone. She feels nap pods would allow students to be more refreshed and energized to enable them to have better concentration in class. Success would be determined by usage and perhaps, a short survey of users to determine success.

The committee has begun to investigate costs and possible locations.

2) Two-day skills bootcamp/workshop – University Bootcamp – Clinton Campbell

Clinton suggested that seminars in fields like writing, reading, studying, assignment preparation, time management, come together in a two-day workshop to assist students in developing their skills.

The committee has asked the Academic Success Centre for some input into how this might work, including using peer tutors and others to provide assistance and to consider timing.


3) Interdisciplinary projects/capstones – Quintin Stamler

Quintin suggested that students be involved in larger scale projects that involve multiple disciplines in order to be successful. For example, a display or auction of UFV art would involve event planning, marketing, business, visual arts, and members of the community. He would like to have more real-life experiences, working “cross-program” to gain networking opportunities and build character.

The committee chair said that she would share this idea with Deans.

Summary of other proposals

The other proposals were grouped according to themes. Several of the proposals are already in place.

Transition programming

There were four proposals specifically suggesting more transition assistance for students. For example, one was a “shadowing” program where high school students would shadow a UFV student for a day. In the first week of school, a student would like to see more volunteers to assist students with everything from parking to finding food. Another suggested more high school assemblies and field trips to UFV. Another suggested a mentoring-type of program for discipline-specific students to assist with the transition into the program.

Improved Teaching and Learning Experiences

There were several suggestions about improving learning in the classroom, such as “Less Talk, More Action,” a request for more hands-on learning activities; inquiry-based learning, better questioning and discussions in class, and video recording every lecture and moving it online. A student in health science would like to learn using cadavers. A student suggested that more research opportunities be available to students where work integrated learning is not an option. Another suggested bringing in volunteer opportunities through community organizations like the Salvation Army to gain work/learning experience. One student wanted to see more understanding around intercultural perspectives using the example of having to write a reflective paper and having to share feelings on paper — something she had never done before and was not comfortable doing.


There were several suggestions around programming such as providing and recognizing credit for American Sign Language, and incorporating Deaf culture into UFV. Another suggested that UFV begin a program in microbrewing.


Students wanted to see an increase in the number of applications for cell phones, such as an increase in the use of Kahoot, an audience response system used for polling in class. (Some departments use Kahoot, while others do not.) Another suggested an assignment app that would allow students to see and schedule their assignments. (This is available in Blackboard, but faculty have to be using Blackboard for students to take advantage of it.) Other suggestions included a way-finding app (also available through UFV’s mobile app, but perhaps not as sophisticated as this student would like to see.)

Guest Speakers/Events

Students wanted to see more special events and guest speakers, such as Gabor Mate, come on campus. One student suggested a Pep Rally at the beginning of the fall and winter semesters to get more students together and improve UFV community. Another suggested one day of special events devoted to Mental Health and Wellness. As a way to improve confidence and motivation, a student suggested an event called the Long Day Against Indecision using humour to link students to services on campus. An Education Panel, which features representatives from interesting employment fields, was suggested to discuss and address questions students may have regarding learning and employment opportunities in their fields.


A student suggested that an amphitheatre be built on the green for students to have classes, theatre productions and study space.

For more information, contact Maureen Wideman at


Deadlines for four awards extended to March 2 — nominate now!

We like recognizing outstanding achievement and service at UFV and we want your nominations. UFV has EXTENDED the nomination deadlines for the following four awards until Fri, March 2.

Employee Service Excellence Awards — call for nominations — deadline Mar 2

UFV Service Excellence Awards recognize and celebrate UFV staff and faculty in three categories:
• UFV Staff Excellence Award
• UFV Inspirational Leadership Award
• UFV Teamwork Award

Current UFV faculty and staff are invited to nominate an individual or team before March 2 at

Questions? Contact or 604-557-4065.

Faculty Service Excellence Award (new) — call for nominations — deadline Mar 2

UFV has created a new award recognizing individuals for academic excellence in service. Award recipients receive a plaque, a framed certificate, and an award of $2,500.
Nominations must be for individual faculty members only, not for a group.
More information here:

PD Day helped Continuing Education instructors and staff grow their perspectives

Continuing Education Learning in Action: Growing our Perspectives

Building leadership, community and capacity.

That was the theme of Continuing Education’s second annual Professional Development day for CE instructors and staff in February, and the event certainly lived up to its promise. Participants learned about a wide variety of topics ranging from the process of making ethical decisions, to the importance of diversity and inclusion and how to make PowerPoint more effective in the classroom. Learning from each other is powerful, and the fact that the three workshops were facilitated by fellow CE instructors lent a sense of connection and shared experience to the day.

Over 30 instructors and staff from various CE programs attended this engaging one-day event, which culminated in a World Café session based on the motto “we are wiser together than we are alone.”

Facilitated by Dr. Mary Saudelli of UFV Teaching and Learning, participants enjoyed coffee and desserts in the Tuscan bistro style café, exploring pressing topics affecting teaching and learning in CE such as academic integrity, active learning strategies, effective classroom management, Indigenization, community building, and grading. Out of these lively discussions emerged creative ideas for new approaches and tools to support CE’s commitment to continuously improving its programs. Ultimately, the goal of the department and instructors alike is to offer CE’s 4,000+ student registrants the best possible learning experience and help them reach their goals.

It was a full day of learning, sharing expertise and building community. Comments from participants say it all: “Great experience, so glad to be apart of this community”; “loved the day and my mind is full of wonderful ideas”; and “very topical and relevant presentations.” Good food and the opportunity to win a Valentine’s-themed prize added energy and fun to the day.

Participants left the event with a renewed sense of camaraderie and with new tools on hand to help enhance their teaching practice.

“When is the next session?” was the resounding question asked by instructors. Continuing Education manager Susan Francis is already setting the wheels in motion for the next professional development workshop.

“In Continuing Education, we value and strongly promote professional development for our instructors. This year, we focused on having our own instructors present and teach one another. It is very rewarding to see this event build community, and allow our talented instructors and staff team the opportunity to learn, grow and share with one another.”

For more information, contact Susan Francis at


Fair Dealing Week (copyright compliance) — Feb 26-Mar 2

Fair Dealing Week in Canada

The annual Canadian Fair Dealing Week falls on February 26 – March 2 for 2018. In the United States this week is referred to as Fair Use Week. Fair dealing is an important legal doctrine that allows the public to make limited use of copyrighted works and content without being liable for copyright infringement. Fair dealing allowances are designed to balance the rights of creators with the rights of users as a way of enriching the greater public good.

The fair dealing provisions are found in Section 29 of the Copyright Act, and, in short, state that copying copyrighted content for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism, review, and news reporting does not infringe copyright. Conditions apply, of course.

When the Copyright Act was amended in June 2012 one of the significant changes was the addition of “education” to the allowable purposes of Fair Dealing as described in Section 29. While research and private study can always be interpreted as applying in an educational context, this added purpose now provides teachers, students, and education institutions with explicit statuary clarification for making fair dealing interpretations in learning environments.

Across the United States and Canada this week, education institutes and associations are raising awareness of the user rights granted in American and Canadian copyright law through a variety of activities: organised panel discussions and debates, shared stories, webcasts, webinars, blog posts, tweets, and other events.

For more information about Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week and the copyright compliance practices at UFV, please see the following information guides:

For more information, contact Martin Warkentin, Copyright Librarian, at

For more information, contact Kim Isaac at


Faculty Service Excellence Award nomination deadline extended

The University of the Fraser Valley has created a new award that recognizes individuals for academic excellence in service.

Those eligible for nomination include all UFV B faculty who have completed their probationary period or sessional instructors who have a cumulative equivalent of two years teaching time at UFV.

Selection criteria include collaboration across boundaries, contribution to UFV’s mandate and to its strategic vision of “changing lives, building community,” and impact.

Award recipients receive a plaque with the award recipient’s name, a framed certificate, as well as an award of $2,500.

Nominations will be accepted from B faculty, sessional faculty, or university administrators. Members of the Faculty Standards Committee or the FSEA Selection Committee may not nominate candidates, and no one may nominate himself or herself for this award.

Completed nomination packages should be submitted confidentially to the Assistant to the Senate, Secretariat office, B303 Abbotsford campus.

For more information contact the Assistant to the Senate, 604-504-7441 x6314 or