October – December 2014

President Gupta Address at the Vancouver Board of Trade Luncheon

October 1, 2014
Dean Frank, Dr. Pam Ratner, Sr. Associate Dean Administration & Innovation, Zoë Campbell, Director, Development & Alumni Engagement, and Peggy MacDonald, Development Officer, attended the October 1 Vancouver Board of Trade (VBOT) luncheon, where Professor Arvind Gupta made his first presentation to the VTOB since becoming UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, presenting his vision for how BC benefits when UBC and the business community work together to enhance the province’s social, cultural, and economic future.

NITEP Kamloops Field Centre Visit and Alumni Social

October 10, 2014

On October 10, Dean Frank accompanied Jessica La Rochelle, Assistant Director NITEP, on a visit to the Kamloops NITEP Field Centre. Following the visit, Dean Frank and 2014 Alumni Teacher Award Co-Winner, Cheryl Sebastian, co-hosted a Faculty of Education alumni lunch at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.

Photo: Dr. Frank addresses Faculty of Education alumni in Kamloops.

NITEP Duncan Field Centre Visit and Alumni Social

October 15, 2014

On October 15, Dean Frank accompanied Jessica La Rochelle, Assistant Director NITEP, on a visit to the Duncan NITEP Field Centre. Following the visit, the Dean hosted a gathering for Faculty of Education alumni at Vancouver Island University in Duncan, BC.

Photo: Dean Frank visits with Faculty of Education alumni in Duncan.

Meeting with Deputy Minister Dave Byng

October 17, 2014
On October 17, Dr. Frank joined members of the Association of British Columbia Deans of Education (ABCDE) at a meeting with Deputy Minister Dave Byng in Victoria, BC. The purpose of the meeting was to meet and introduce Deputy Minister Byng to ABCDE and its role as an education partner group, and to open and maintain channels of communication on topics of mutual interest.

Visitors from the National Academy of Education Administration (NAEA)

October 20, 2014
On October 20, Dean Frank was pleased to join Dr. Tom Sork, Senior Associate Dean, International, Dr. Ross Paul, Adjunct Professor, Department of Educational Studies, and Mr. Shapoor Marfatia, Director, Business Development, Professional Development & Community Engagement (PDCE), in welcoming representatives from the National Academy of Education Administration (NAEA), Beijing, China, who were here to discuss the overseas study program for Chinese University Leaders supported by the Ministry of Education and the State Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA).

Dalai Lama visits John Oliver Secondary

October 21, 2014

Dr. Frank was honoured to be among the 1400 students, educators and parents present when the 14th Dalai Lama visited John Oliver Secondary School on the first day of his three-day visit to Vancouver, October 21. The Dalai Lama was joined on stage by five students from around the province who had the rare opportunity to speak one-on-one with the spiritual leader. Following the visit, the Dalai Lama spent the day at his Heart-Mind Summit at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Faculty Conversations

November 5, 2014

On November 5, the Dean and faculty members gathered in the 4th floor lounge for one in a series of, “Faculty Conversations.” Topics of discussion for this session included: what makes for a superior Faculty; how to ensure the success of newly appointed faculty members; how to ensure the work of our faculty remains relevant to the concerns of the community; how to showcase the best ideas generated by our scholars.

Trip to Shanghai, China

November 8, 2014

During the week of November 8 – 15, Dr. Frank travelled to Shanghai, China at the invitation of Dean Zhang Hua at the Hangzhou Normal University (HNU), who graciously offered to cover all travel costs associated with the trip. The purpose of the trip was to build and strengthen collaborative relationships between UBC and HNU. The Dean also visited East China Normal University (ECNU), where he met with Dean Yuan Zhenguo.

While in Shanghai, Dean Frank joined Dr. William Pinar, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy, at the International Forum on Life-Inquiry Curriculum Conference, where Dr. Pinar was a keynote speaker.

Photo: Dr. William Pinar at the International Forum on Life-Inquiry Curriculum Conference.

UBC Alumni Achievement Awards

November 19, 2014
Dean Frank was pleased to welcome UBC’s 13th President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta to the November 18 Faculty Meeting held at the First Nations Longhouse. Professor Gupta spoke on innovation and education, and then offered a question and answer period.

Phi Delta Kappa Panel

November 26, 2014
Dean Frank joined fellow panelists Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of West Vancouver Schools, and Kit Krieger, Executive Director of the BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association, for a mediated discussion of, “Building Community in a Time of Change,” at a gathering of the UBC Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa at the Arbutus Club on November 26.

Fall Congregation

November 28, 2014
Dean Frank and Faculty of Education faculty members joined the Congregation procession at the Chan Centre, where over 720 students graduated on November 28. Student speaker Carolyn Roberts, BEd’14 PLTech, gave a moving speech that brought the audience to their feet in a standing ovation.

In the House with Kate Hammett-Vaughan

December 3, 2014

Dean Frank was pleased to host a full house of Faculty of Education alumni and friends on December 3 at Cecil Green Park House, featuring an incredible performance by jazz vocalist Kate Hammett-Vaughan.

Photo: Kate Hammett-Vaughan performs at Cecil Green Park House.

NITEP Alumni Event

December 5, 2014
Following the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) Conference on December 5, the Dean joined Dr. Jo-ann Archibald at a gathering of NITEP alumni. Dr. Archibald provided an update on what’s happening in NITEP, and alumni shared their own updates, followed by general mingling and celebration of NITEP’s 40th anniversary.

Cancer’s Margins Digital Storytelling Group Premiere

December 9, 2014

On December 9, Dr. Frank gave welcoming remarks at the world premiere of the Cancer’s Margins Digital Storytelling Group, Filmmakers in Attendance Screening and Celebration. As each of the nine Cancer’s Margins digital stories were viewed, the story author gave a few words on what making their story meant to them.

Ponderosa Commons Phase 2 “Topping Off”

December 12, 2014

On December 12, Dean Blye Frank, along with Dr. Tom Sork, Senior Associate Dean International, Tracy Wyman, Project Director, Zoe Campbell, Director of Development & Alumni Engagement, and Dr. Michelle Stack, Deputy Head and Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies, donned hard hats and steel-toed boots to visit the Ponderosa Commons Phase Two construction site for a “topping off.” The group traveled to the tower’s roof top, where Dean Frank participated in a ceremonial pour of concrete along with Andrew Parr, Managing Director, Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS), members of the SHHS team, and representatives from Urban One Builders.

Photo: Dean Frank “tops off” the Ponderosa Commons Residential Tower.