Japan-Canada Consortium Forum - Feb 15 - 23, 2010


Passionate about environmental issues? Discuss ideas, thoughts and opinions with other undergraduate students, and researchers from across Canada and Japan.

Apply by November 30, 2009 for a chance to be selected for a trip to Tokyo, Japan to attend the Japan-Canada Consortium forum, hosted by Meiji University. This forum will be from February 15 - 23, 2010.
(Airfare, accommodation and ground transportation between Narita Airport and hotel in Tokyo is provided)

Application forms can be submitted to Xiao Zhang at the Prince Takamoto Centre here on campus (through east Asian Studies). Her email is ptjc@ualberta.ca and she is located in 3-25 Pembina Hall.

Academic Status

- One (1) undergraduate student from each Japan-Canada Consortium member institution will be selected to attend the Forum in Tokyo.

- Third- or fourth-year students will be given priority, although applications will be accepted from all undergraduate students.

- The area of study is open, but the student must have a strong interest in environmental issues in Canada, and preferably in Japan as well.

- Applicants should be in good academic standing.

- Knowledge of the Japanese language is NOT required.

- Applicants should demonstrate strong leadership skills, but must also be a team player.

Travel Costs

The following costs will be covered for the student by JACAC:

- Airfare between the nearest major airport and Narita, Japan.

- Accommodation in Japan.

- Ground transportation between Narita Airport and the hotel in Tokyo.

Students must pay for the following expenses:

- Ground transportation to/from the local airport, including daily transportation in Japan (approx. $100).

- Meals (approx. $200).

- Other personal expenses (travel insurance, Visa, etc.)

Travel Plan

Students will depart Canada on Saturday, February 13, 2010, and return on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. Students are responsible for making the necessary arrangements for any missed classes (a letter of invitation can be provided if required). Hotel arrangements will be made by the Forum organizer, and students will most likely share a room with one or two other students.

Student Selection Process

Students should apply by November 30, 2009, by submitting the following to their respective institutions:

- An objective statement (300 words max).

- Completed application form (can be downloaded online at http://www.ptjc.ualberta.ca).

- Copy of academic transcript(s).

- References (at least two, preferably including one from outside the university).

Successful applicants will be notified by December 18, 2009. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for participation in the Forum will be contacted.

Fill the Pit Food Drive!

Quoted from Brad Leier:

To help feed those in need this holiday season our Faculty is hosting the Fill the Pit Food Drive! Non-perishable food donations will be collected in the Ag/For Pit area from November 12th to December 3rd. To further your incentive to donate Dean Kennelly has posed a challenge: Students vs Staff, with the winning group getting the opportunity to pie a few members of their choice from the losing team on the last day of classes!
We are a Faculty of ~1800 undergraduate and graduate students; if each one of us donates 5 items, to help feed those in need this holiday season, we will easily surpass our goal of 10, 000 points:
Point System for Food Bank Donations:

1 Point
2 Points
3 Points
5 Points
10 Points
15 Points
Monetary Donations
- Macaroni and cheese
- Condensed soup
- Instant noodles
- Beans in tomato   sauce
- Dry chicken noodle soup

- Tomato sauce
- Canned vegetables/fruits
- Canned salmon/tuna
- Canned beans

- Cereals/oats
- Pasta
- Rice
- Crackers, cookies, chips, etc
- Chunky soups or soups of greater volume than 285mL
- Toothpaste
- Soap
- Chicken, beef or vegetable broth  
- Juice (1L)
- Peanut butter
­- Jam
- Bathroom tissue
- Ethnic foods (not instant noodles)
- Dried beans & lentils
- Treats for  children

- Flour
- Sugar
- Soy products
- Baby products (food, bottle, wipes)
- Shampoo &  conditioner
- Razors & shaving foam
- Deodorant
- Tuna helper, etc.

- Soy milk (non-perishable) or Rice Dream
- Vegan & vegetarian soups
- Brown rice
- Baby formula
- Pea butter
- Powdered milk
- Diapers
- Feminine hygiene products
- Gluten free products

$ 1.00 = 1 point

* Monetary donations can be  dropped off at the  Faculty’s Administration Office: 2-14  Ag/For building.
At the end of the day our reward is two-fold: 1 – we fill the pit to help the Edmonton Food Bank, whose shelves are at an all time low, and 2 – we pie a few professors while doing so! The list of professors eligible to pie will be sent out shortly. Any professor requests or questions about the event can be sent to me at: leier@ualberta.ca.  
Lets Dare to Make a Difference by supporting our community this holiday season!

Silk Painting Workshop


HESA has decided to have two silk painting workshops on November 28th at 9:00am-12:30pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm. It will cost $50.00 per session which includes all the supplies needed to produce two silk scarves. This class will be guided by Lesley Stafiniak and assisted by Rachel Rogers. All of the proceeds go to our annual ACHES conference.

If there are any questions or would like to sign up please email Rachel Rogers at rrogers@ualberta.ca