Regent College is graduate school of Christian Studies, located next to the campus of the University of British Columbia in the University Endowment Lands west of Vancouver, British Columbia, is an affiliated college of that university. Not affiliated with a particular religious denomination, Regent College is a transdenominational evangelical Protestant institution in its general outlook; the school's stated mission is to "cultivate intelligent and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His church, His world." About 500 students are enrolled in full- or part-time studies. In any given year, one-third to one-half of students are Canadian, another one-quarter to one-third are American, the remaining twenty to thirty per cent come from around the globe. Chinese students make up a considerable proportion of the latter group, whether from the Mainland, Taiwan, or the Chinese diaspora. Hong Kong is home to more Regent alumni/ae than any other city in the world after Vancouver. Regent includes many students each year from Australia, New Zealand and the UK, with recent students coming from countries as diverse as Kazakhstan, South Africa, India and Brazil.
Regent was established in 1968 to provide graduate theological education to the laity, only in 1979 started a program to train students who will become clergy. After the first summer school class, the graduate Diploma of Christian Studies began. Affiliation with UBC followed in 1975, accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools in 1985; the last comprehensive evaluation occurred in 2010. The principals and presidents of the college have been James M. Houston, Carl Armerding, Walter Wright Jr. and outgoing president Rod Wilson. Jeffrey P. Greenman began his term as the fifth president on February 1, 2015. Greenman is the first alumnus of Regent College to become president. Regent rented rooms in various buildings at UBC, including St. Andrews Hall and Vancouver School of Theology, occupied two fraternity houses on Wesbrook Mall for a time. In 1989, Regent moved into its own new building in the current location at the corner of Wesbrook & University, with the distinctive green roof. A subsequent capital campaign finished in 2006, adding the John Richard Allison Library and the Windtower to Regent College's architectural distinctiveness.
The college offers four main graduate programs, all ATS-accredited: Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies Master of Arts in Christian Studies Master of Arts in Theological Studies Master of Divinity Master of Theology Master of Arts in Leadership and Society On Tuesdays during fall and winter term, the college community gathers for chapel, followed by optional community group meetings and a lunch of homemade soup and bread. The Regent College Student Association oversees a variety of student life activities and services, including Taste of the World, book sales, an annual Christmas Party, an annual retreat, the Regent Spouse's Network, more; because Regent is a UBC affiliate school, Regent students qualify for the U-Pass and the AMS insurance plan, may make use of other UBC services such as the library system, health centre, the pool. More than 4,500 students have graduated from Regent College and, due to the summer programs, over 30,000 students have taken classes. After Vancouver, Hong Kong hosts the second greatest number of Regent graduates, with other major pockets in Seattle, Edmonton, Toronto and London.
At present, Regent College employs 17 full-time faculty. Notable faculty emeriti include Eugene Peterson, Maxine Hancock, Loren Wilkinson, Gordon T. Smith, Paul Stevens, Gordon Fee, J. I. Packer and Bruce Waltke. Summer school classes are taught by some notable Christian thinkers, including N. T. Wright, Andrew Walls, Luci Shaw, Richard Mouw, Alister McGrath, Malcolm Guite, George Marsden and Mark Noll. For a complete list of current faculty and notable alumni, see List of Regent College alumni and faculty; the John Richard Allison Library is one of the major theological libraries in Western Canada. It houses the resources of Carey Theological College, its catalogue is shared with Carey Theological College, Vancouver School of Theology, St. Mark's College. Regent College Bookstore is one of the premier theological bookstores in Western Canada, it hosts public lectures and booksignings, has its own publishing program. The Lookout Gallery showcases seven annual exhibitions, including shows by Regent students in the Christianity and the Arts concentration.
The Chapel is the heart of community building at Regent. The weekly Tuesday Chapel service at 11 am is attended by students, faculty and guests; the piano within is a Steinway grand. True North Windtower features photovoltaic art glass by artist Sarah Hall, it has been documented by the Institute for Stained Glass in Canada; the Atrium & The Well, a coffee shop which grew out of one Regent student’s final Christianity & the Marketplace project. In 2011 the kitchen off the Atrium was re-dedicated as the Rita Houston Kitchen, to mark the powerful impact of Rita Houston on Regent’s community life over the years. Regent College produces a wide variety of print and electronic media, including: Crux: A Quarterly Journal of Christian Thought and Opinion Regent World, a thrice-yearly newsletter Et Cetera, a student newspaper published weekly during the regular term ReFrame, a 10-week film based small group curriculum Regent Audio Regent BookstoreIn addition, Regent College Publishing specializes in re-publishing out-of-print Christian literature and features an increasing number of
Walter C. Koerner Library
The Walter C. Koerner Library is an academic library at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia; the library is named after Walter C. Koerner, a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. Walter C. Koerner Library forms the main academic and general resource library collection at the University of British Columbia
Voting is a method for a group, such as a meeting or an electorate, in order to make a collective decision or express an opinion following discussions, debates or election campaigns. Democracies elect holders of high office by voting. Residents of a place represented by an elected official are called "constituents", those constituents who cast a ballot for their chosen candidate are called "voters". There are different systems for collecting votes. In a democracy, a government is chosen by voting in an election: a way for an electorate to elect, i.e. choose, among several candidates for rule. In a representative democracy voting is the method by the which the electorate appoints its representatives in its government. In a direct democracy, voting is the method by which the electorate directly make decisions, turn bills into laws, etc. A vote is a formal expression of an individual's choice against some motion. Many countries use a secret ballot, a practice to prevent voters from being intimidated and to protect their political privacy.
Voting takes place at a polling station. Different voting systems use different types of votes. Plurality voting does not require the winner to achieve a vote majority, or more than fifty percent of the total votes cast. In a voting system that uses a single vote per race, when more than two candidates run, the winner may have less than fifty percent of the vote. A side effect of a single vote per race is vote splitting, which tends to elect candidates that do not support centrism, tends to produce a two-party system. An alternative to a single-vote system is approval voting. To understand why a single vote per race tends to favor less centric candidates, consider a simple lab experiment where students in a class vote for their favorite marble. If five marbles are assigned names and are placed "up for election", if three of them are green, one is red, one is blue a green marble will win the election; the reason is. In fact, in this analogy, the only way that a green marble is to win is if more than sixty percent of the voters prefer green.
If the same percentage of people prefer green as those who prefer red and blue, to say if 33 percent of the voters prefer green, 33 percent prefer blue, 33 percent prefer red each green marble will only get eleven percent of the vote, while the red and blue marbles will each get 33 percent, putting the green marbles at a serious disadvantage. If the experiment is repeated with other colors, the color, in the majority will still win. In other words, from a purely mathematical perspective, a single-vote system tends to favor a winner, different from the majority. If the experiment is repeated using approval voting, where voters are encouraged to vote for as many candidates as they approve of the winner is much more to be any one of the five marbles, because people who prefer green will be able to vote for every one of the green marbles. A development on the'single vote' system is to have two-round elections, or repeat first-past-the-post; this system is most common around the world. In most cases, the winner must receive a majority, more than half.
And if no candidate obtains a majority at the first round the two candidates with the largest plurality are selected for the second round. Variants exist on these two points: the requirement for being elected at the first round is sometimes less than 50%, the rules for participation in the runoff may vary. An alternative to the Two-round voting system is the single round instant-runoff voting system as used in some elections in Australia and the USA. Voters rank each candidate in order of preference. Votes are distributed to each candidate according to the preferences allocated. If no single candidate has 50% of the vote the candidate with the fewest votes is excluded and their votes redistributed according to the voters nominated order of preference; the process repeating itself until a candidate has 50% or more votes. The system is designed to produce the same result as an exhaustive ballot but using only a single round of voting. In a voting system that uses a multiple vote, the voter can vote for any subset of the alternatives.
So, a voter might vote for Alice and Charlie, rejecting Daniel and Emily. Approval voting uses such multiple votes. In a voting system that uses a ranked vote, the voter has to rank the alternatives in order of preference. For example, they might vote for Bob in first place Emily Alice Daniel, Charlie. Ranked voting systems, such as those famously used in Australia, use a ranked vote. In a voting system that uses a scored vote, the voter gives each alternative a number between one and ten. See cardinal voting systems; some "multiple-winner" systems may have a single vote or one vote per elector per available position. In such a case the elector could vote for Charlie on a ballot with two votes; these types of systems can use ranked or unranked voting, are used for at-large positions such as on some city councils. Most of the time, when the citizens of a country are invited to vote, it is for an election. However, people can vote in referendums and initiatives. Since the end of the eighteenth century, more than five hundred national referendums were organised in the world.
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is a facility at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia; the Learning Centre is built around the refurbished core of the 1925 UBC Main Library. The Centre is named for Irving. K. Barber, philanthropist and a graduate of UBC; the IKBLC provides library systems, education centre, library and a conduit of knowledge for lifelong learners and space for UBC Library's print collection and collections of rare and special materials. Started in 2006, the goal of the digitization program is to promote access to British Columbia's historical resources, with free online access to provincial historical materials; the Indigitization program supports Indigenous communities and organizations in British Columbia to digitize their cultural heritage materials by providing grant funding and digitization training. The program is unique as it prioritizes communities' needs and ensures that communities retain copyright and control over their cultural heritage materials.
Indigitization is a joint project of IKBLC, the Museum of Anthropology, the iSchool at UBC, Northern BC Archives, continuously receives feedback from Indigenous project partners and grantees through initiatives such as the Indigenous Futures Forum held in 2016. Webcasts of lectures are accessible through the Webcasts Portal; the Chapman Learning Commons, in a refurbished central section of the Learning Centre, provides space for group work as well as seating for individual study. It provides support and services for research and information literacy instruction, writing assistance, learning skills programs and technology through one-to-one help, peer mentoring and virtual resources and services. Collection space for 2,100,000 volumes including open stack shelving and 1,800,000 item capacity with the Automated Storage and Retrieval System Rare Books and Special Collections Climate-controlled vault for rare books and archives The Wallace B. and Madeline H. Chung Collection iSchool@UBC: School of Library and Information Studies Center for Teaching and Technology Gateway Programs – Arts One, Science One, Coordinated Arts and Coordinated Science Dodson and Lillooet Rooms 157-seat Victoria Learning Theatre Classrooms, seminar rooms, project rooms, boardrooms Ridington Reading Room and Musqueam Reading Room Ike’s Café with a seating capacity of more than 80 persons UBC Learning Commons Chapman Learning Commons Indigitization
Engineering Undergraduate Society of the University of British Columbia
Engineering Undergraduate Society, is the engineering society at the University of British Columbia. It organizes Engineering department events but is best known for practical jokes it has played in the past, including hanging the frame of a Volkswagen Beetle off bridges; the members of the EUS are known for their pride of being engineering students and conspicuous displays thereof. EUS members refer to themselves as Engineers though they are Engineering Students; the EUS belongs to several larger student organizations. On the local school level the EUS belongs to the Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia, at the national level, the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students; the mission statement of the organization is "support the academic and social needs of engineering students, encourage excellence in all aspects of student life, celebrate the accomplishments of its members." The EUS Board of Directors is the decision-making body for the engineers within the Faculty of Applied science at UBC.
The EUS Board consists of the EUS Executive, a representative from each of the 10 departments and a representative from the first year engineering students. The Board directs the Executive on how to operate throughout the year, while the Executive carries out these tasks. Non-voting members of council include the Faculty of Applied Science Student Senator, a representative from the Engineering Design Teams Council, a representative from Engineers Without Borders UBC, a representative from UBC Women in Engineering, a representative for the UBC student branch of IEEE a representative from the local chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a representative from the local chapter of Sigma Phi Delta, a representative from the local chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon; the president of the EUS, along with 2 other elected representatives, sit on the Alma Mater Society of UBC Student Council, representing engineering to the other undergraduate student societies at UBC. Chemical and Biological Engineering Civil Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Engineering Physics Environmental Engineering Geological Engineering Integrated Engineering Mechanical Engineering Materials Engineering Mining Engineering First Years Ex Officio Clubs.
Established in 1918, the EUS has always placed a large emphasis on furthering traditions much like a fraternity. Unlike a fraternity the EUS membership was never gender specific; these traditions involve socializing and ritual. It had been a long held view that these behaviours were tolerated and encouraged by the Engineering Faculty and engineering profession as they imbue engineering students with a sense of identity as engineers and that this identity leads to a more cohesive professional body. Many of these traditions were identified as being sexist and in the last two decades have been eliminated. In the most recent decade, criticisms of the organization's legitimacy and function arose from within its own members; the organization was seen as archaic and antiquated due to changing student demographics and greater emphasis on equity and diversity throughout the University. In 2008 a Constitutional Referendum led by President Bowinn Ma to establish significant institutional reform was held.
The referendum achieved. While tradition remains prevalent within the organization, more resources are now focused towards academic and professional services such as scholarships and development; as the official Decree states "Hereafter, let it be known that the first week of the second month of all years of our Lord shall be deemed the Week of Engineering." Engineering week at UBC is organized by their assistants. During this week the EUS holds many events at which the Departments compete against each other for points. Opening Ceremonies, traditionally, is the first event and the Engineer's Ball is the final event; the winner of E-Week is awarded the E-Week trophy. In the past, this has included a wooden cairn with a golden E, a brick, an actual trophy. Collecting details of past stunts is difficult because they are carried out by anonymous teams of students; the general knowledge of stunts includes hanging the frame of a Volkswagen Beetle off bridges including the Golden Gate and the Lions Gate Bridge.
Engineering students led by Johan Thornton modified the lights on the Lions Gate Bridge to blink out in morse code "UBC Engineers Do it Again" and in 1992 they stole and returned the Rose Bowl trophy from a trophy case at the University of Washington. Other stunts involve well known objects from around British Columbia; these include the borrowing of the speaker's chair from the BC Legislature and the Mile-Zero sign from the Alaska Highway In 2008 the UBC Engineers were accused of hanging another VW Beetle shell off the Lions Gate Bridge as well as of painting and disabling the Nine O'clock gun in Stanley Park. Although they have not denied the VW shell hanging, their official statement on the topic insists that the Society was not involved in the vandalism of the gun. In February 2009 five UBC Engineering students were arrested while trying to hang a VW Beetle shell off of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge; the shell fell into the Burrard Inlet during the
St. John's College, University of British Columbia
St. John's College is one of two residential colleges at the University of British Columbia which are modeled on the Oxbridge collegiate system, the other being Green College, it provides a community for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, with an international focus. St. John's College maintains close ties with Green College and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom; the college consists of a residential community of 160 graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, visiting scholars and professors, non-resident affiliated faculty and academic programming. The College is located at the West end near Wreck Beach. Aside from taking up residence at St. John's, residential membership entails active involvement in the social and academic aspects of College life. Involvement takes the form of participation on various social and academic committees, attendance at functions and lectures sponsored by or otherwise linked with the College. Dining together is an integral part of the St. John's College experience.
The college is home to the Dining Society which provides meals five days a week to residents and guests. Fellows organize talks and forums on current events around the globe, building upon the College’s international diversity as well as UBC’s global scholarly expertise. Drawing upon the strong bonds of trust and communication developed within the SJC community and guests of the College are able to discuss difficult, contentious, issues in an atmosphere of mutual respect in which everyone can listen to and learn from each other. A diverse array of resident groups and committees are active at the college. Associations include: Academic Committee, Arts Committee, Environment Committee, Outreach Committee, Sports Committee as well as Chinese and German conversation groups. St. John's College is located on the west end of UBC's Point Grey campus, bordering the Marine Drive residences and across from Wreck Beach. Similar to colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, St. Johns grounds include residences for its students and fellows, social rooms and kitchens for residents, formal dining hall, lecture hall, meeting rooms and social lounges.
The college provides catering to events held at the college for the rest of the university. The college is a unit of the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the head of the college is the College Principal, responsible to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Management of the college is guided through an Advisory Board consisting of faculty, community leaders, college residents, representatives from parallel institutions. Academic components of the college are managed through a variety of joint faculty – resident committees. St. John's College - UBC was founded by alumni of St. John's University, shut down by the China in Beijing in 1952. To keep the school's traditions alive, SJU alumni funded three academic institutions around the world bearing the name of St. John's, they established St. John's University in Taiwan in 1967 and St. John's College UBC in 1997. Dr. Mathabo Tsepa—High Commissioner of Lesotho to Canada Official website The website of a former resident: http://martin.swift.is/sjc/
Surrey Memorial Hospital
Surrey Memorial Hospital is a publicly funded hospital owned and operated by Fraser Health in the city of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada adjacent to King George Boulevard. Surrey Memorial Hospital began operations in 1959, is one of 12 hospitals under the jurisdiction of the Fraser Health Authority, which services more than 1.3 million people. Surrey Memorial is the second largest hospital in British Columbia and has the busiest emergency department; as of 2011, SMH provides service to over 93,000 emergency department patients per year. The hospital offers general medical services, as well as a dedicated pediatrics emergency area, a regional referral centre for specialized pediatrics and maternity care and two extended care units. SMH specializes in Cancer and Renal care, kidney dialysis, sleep disorders. In addition, there is an Adolescent, an Adult Psychiatry Inpatient Unit. Surrey Memorial Hospital along with the nearby Jim Pattison Centre perform more immediate breast reconstruction surgeries per year than any other centre in Canada for women with breast cancer.
On March 21, 2011, construction broke ground on a new eight-storey Critical Care Tower to expand Surrey Memorial Hospital. The expansion will increase the number of acute care beds by 30% to 650 and includes a new emergency department five times the size of the current ER. In addition, the new facility will provide 48 private neonatal rooms, 25 Intensive Care beds, 25 High Acuity Unit beds, 2 dedicated medical floors, an expanded laboratory, rooftop helipad, additional space for SMH's clinical academic campus. Construction of the new Emergency Department was completed by winter 2013 and overall project was completed and the new tower opened in June 2014. After World War II, the population of suburban communities like Surrey were growing; the nearest hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster began limiting access to residents from the growing suburban communities. In 1948, the White Rock Hospital Society formed to fundraise and advocate for government support for creation of a hospital for White Rock and South Surrey, while residents of North Surrey and Cloverdale advocated for a hospital in the northern part of the district, which ended up being Surrey Memorial Hospital.
Premier W. A. C. Bennett of the British Columbia Social Credit Party required the community to contribute at least one-third of costs for construction. For Surrey Memorial, that equalled $100,000; the women who formed Surrey’s first “Ladies Auxiliary” not only rose to the challenge. In 1992, the Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation was established which has since raised more than $60 million to purchase medical equipment, fund innovative programs, support training and research. SMH was merged into the South Fraser Health Region which administered health care in Delta and Langley. In 2001, SMH came under management of Fraser Health when SFHR was merged with its neighbouring health regions to create a new regional health authority. Under the guidance of Dr. Peter Doris and Dr. Adrian Lee, the breast reconstruction program was launched in 2003; this expanded with the addition of trained breast and reconstructive surgeons Dr. Rhonda Janzen, Dr. Paul Oxley and Dr. Rizwan Mian. In 2011 the Breast Health Clinic was launched at Surgery Centre.
Now encompassing three general surgeons and five plastic surgeons, this clinic has become one of the leaders of Breast Cancer care in Canada. Location site on fraserhealth.ca Map of hospital buildings and grounds