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On Saturday, March 31, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) East Mall entrance will have limited access from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to a film shoot.

The film crew is scheduled to be on-site from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The main entrance will be decorated as a hospital entrance, and will include the presence of two ambulances. About 50 actors, extras and film crew will be on-site for filming. Visitors should be advised that heavy machinery, equipment and vehicles may be near the main entrance and the surrounding area.

During the filming, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can use the Learning Centre’s side entrances or the west entrance. Film shoots are scheduled to last about three to five minutes in length, during which time the East Mall entrance (facing the Student Union Building) will be inaccessible. Patrons with usability issues may use this entrance throughout the day, except during film takes. Bike racks at the front of the building will be affected as well.

All other entrances to the building will remain accessible throughout the day. The Learning Centre, including the Library book stacks and Chapman Learning Commons, will maintain regular Saturday hours

Creating Caring Classrooms: How to encourage students to communicate, create, and be compassionate of others

This passionate book is about community, compassion, and creativity; it is about caring for others. It is also about helping students care about their work. Teachers will learn how to establish inclusive classrooms where kindness and concern become crucial backdrops for critical conversations. They will be introduced to simple but profound strategies that initiate and maintain respectful dialogue, promote collaboration over competition, and confront difficult issues such as bullying and exclusion.

Creating Caring Classrooms is committed to building respectful relationships among students, teachers, and the school community. Through active, engaging, relevant, open-ended activities, students will be encouraged to explore events, ideas, themes, texts, stories, and relationships from different perspectives, and then represent those new understandings in innovative and creative ways.

Authors: Kathleen Gould Lundy and Larry Swartz

Publication Date: 2011      ISBN: 9781551382708         Pages: 160

~from the Pembroke Publishers Website

UBC Library Holdings Information here.

Post-secondary institutions have sent a stern letter to the B.C. government in response to the recent provincial budget, which ordered them to trim administrative spending by $70 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

It is critical for government to understand that the $70 million reduction to institutional grants over the last two years of the fiscal plan, combined with five years of unfunded inflationary pressures, creates a strain on the operations of post-secondary institutions,” the presidents of 25 schools write in a letter to Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto.

It is particularly concerning that in Budget 2012, the post-secondary sector is the only social sector to receive an absolute budget reduction, with the inference that other sectors, such as health, have taken action where we have not.

We must be clear that it is unrealistic to assume that the reductions contemplated by Budget 2012 can be achieved without implications for service levels.”

The letter was described as unprecedented in an NDP release in mid-March (which would have been reported here earlier had it not been landed on the eve of the BCTF AGM). Find the letter here.

We have a shared commitment to a strong post-secondary education systen and we do not want to see a decline in a system that is seen as one of the best in the world,” says the letter, whose signatories include Stephen Toope of UBC, Andrew Petter of SFU and David Turpin of the University of Victoria.

Read The Vancouver Sun full article here.

By JANET STEFFENHAGEN   March 26, 2012. 11:58 am • Section: Report Card

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