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The Elephant in the Room is… named Fraser

Welcome to FRASER, the aptly named elephant in Room A273 in Abbotsford. Many thanks to those who submitted the very creative, thoughtful and clever names for the Elephant in the Room…the Conflict Resolution Room (office) that is!  All of the suggested names were meaningful, relevant, funny and creative.Names offered included references to literature, religion, and […]

Strachan hangs up her safety jacket after 26 years teaching first aid

Beth Strachan: first-aid trainer of a generation of workers When a family member suffers a heart attack or stroke, a co-worker is hurt in an industrial accident, or a car crashes on the road in front of us, we’re all grateful for first-aid skills. Yes, the 911 call will bring the paramedics and firefighters racing […]

Dr. Vladimir Dvoracek

Vlada Dvoracek to head Institutional Research and Integrated Planning

Dr. Vladimir Dvoracek is UFV’s new Associate Vice President, Institutional Research and Integrated Planning. The role combines two previously separate portfolios into one. “I look forward to working with administration, faculty, and staff to use data analysis to move the university forward,” said Vlada. “It’s about providing context, not just the numbers. We must never […]

Sue Brigden new Dean of Access and Open Studies at UFV

Dr. Sue Brigden has been appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Access and Open Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, a role she has been acting in since September of 2010. Comprised of the Continuing Studies, English as a Second Language, and Upgrading and University Preparation departments, as well as Aboriginal […]

Obituary: Dr. Abebe Teklu

Dr. Abebe Teklu passed away January 9, 2013. Abebe Teklu joined the School of Social Work and Human Services in 2011. He was the first African-Canadian blind person known to have completed a PhD at any of British Columbia’s universities. He was originally from Ethiopia and spoke seven languages fluently. Dr. Teklu had a strong […]

New folks: Karina Chow brings fundraising experience and passion for volunteerism to UFV Advancement office

Karina Chow is UFV’s newest professional fundraiser, having  joined the University Advancement office as the  advancement officer for foundations and major gifts in early December. In this role, Karina will be working with foundations, corporations and individuals to secure significant funding for UFV. Before joining UFV, Karina was director of development for The Reach Gallery […]

Wenona Victor joins UFV as first Indigenous Studies faculty member

Wenona Victor is UFV’s first faculty member hired under the Indigenous Studies category. She currently calls the History department home as she is the only Indigenous Studies faculty member so far. Wenona’s role at UFV includes teaching Indigenous content courses (Hist 103, Crim 211, current IPK courses and IS courses to come), helping UFV implement […]

Race and Antiracism Network meetings

The Race and Antiracism Network (RAN) is an ad-hoc group of faculty, students, staff, and administrators working to raise awareness about racism and inequality. The group organizes relevant events and provides a dedicated space for dialogues on anti-racism at UFV. RAN will meet on the following days  in 2013: Thurs, Jan 10 Thurs, Feb 7 Thurs, […]

There’s an “Elephant in the Room”!

Yes, there is an Elephant in the Room…room A273 that is. Kim White, the new Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Advisor has a rather large (wooden) Elephant’s head on her office wall.  Synchronicity played its hand when this treasure was recently recovered from the recycling room as a reminder of a recent trip to Africa. […]

Introducing Kim White, Human Rights advisor

New folks — Kim White Kim White is UFV’s new Human Rights advisor. In her role she is here to provide confidential support and guidance to students, staff, and faculty on matters related to human rights, discrimination, and harassment prevention. The other part of her role is to facilitate the resolution of interpersonal and team […]

Whole student experience important to UFV’s new VP Students Jody Gordon

University students aren’t just people who sit in a classroom a few hours a week, write assignments, and study for exams. They are human beings with complex lives outside the classroom, juggling relationships, family, part-time work, financial issues, and the challenges that come with trying to balance all of that. And they like to have […]

Video: Shaw TV features Kinesiology trip to Antigua

UFV’s Joanna Sheppard was recently interviewed by Shaw TV for their new program, Go Fraser Valley. Sheppard spoke about Champions for Health Promoting Schools — an initiative she runs which sees students travel to Antigua every May to work within primary schools. For more information on the program, visit ufvtoday.ca/antigua To watch the full Shaw […]