University of the Fraser Valley researchers say unmanned aircraft could be the answer to keeping birds at bay

Researchers at the University of the Fraser Valley believe drones may finally silence the cannons that boom throughout the summer on blueberry farms. Professor Tom Baumann and his team are reprogramming helicopter-like UAVs — properly known as unmanned aerial vehicles — to fly preset patterns over ripening blueberries in the hope they will scare way the birds that feast on farmers’ fruit and kill their profits.  Read more….

UFV School of Business brings home the gold

Four UFV School of Business students travelled to Kelowna with faculty advisor Kevin deWolde, to participate in the Western Canada Business Simulation Competition. The team won the gold and several top individual awards, including top VP HR award, top CEO award, and top VP Marketing award.  Read more….

Federal government invests $2.1 million to benefit agriculture students at UFV

August, 7, 2014 – Chilliwack, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced funding of over $2.1 million for state of the art training equipment for the Agriculture Centre of Excellence at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). The investment will provide specialized equipment to train the next generation of agricultural technicians, engineers, researchers, and scientists. The training equipment will enhance existing programs and offer two new … Continued

Executive compensation at UFV

UFV students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community, You may be aware of recent media attention given to the salaries of university executives. I am writing to assure you that UFV has followed all of the rules on this matter, is fully transparent, and would welcome an external review. The allegation of UFV executive overcompensation is simply not true, and is both disappointing and damaging to UFV. UFV executive compensation is paid within a plan approved by the Board, and is … Continued

Meeting Demand for Skills

Offered in collaboration with Eagle West Crane Academy, UFV’s eight-week Crane Operator program (for Stiff Boom 40 tonnes & Under) is your entry point into the profession. You train on real cranes with experienced instructors who know the ropes and have industry experience….. click here for more details

PACE Report: Do Seasonal Workers Enhance Agriculture?

The Impacts of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) on Chilliwack Agriculture This research investigates the how low cost labour has influenced agricultural diversification and productivity in the eastern Fraser Valley. It shows that the results are increased competiveness, crop diversification, productivity and area under production. Download the pdf report UFV – Impact of SAWP on Agriculture

PACE Report: Soil remediation with eco-friendly solvents

Soil and solvent recovery from petroleum contaminants The environmentally friendly solvent developed by an Abbotsford company was proven to be a highly efficient alternative to toxic halogenated solvents. The objective of this student-driven project was to develop a cost-effective way of removing petroleum contaminants from the solvent in order to extend its lifetime and improve its economic viability. Download the pdf report UFV – Eco Friendly Soil Remediation

UFV Teacher Ed program prepares teachers with emphasis on social justice

Education is known to change lives. There is a program at UFV, however, that is especially transformative. People enter as students. They emerge as teachers. The Teacher Education program, now in its sixth year, recently moved to the Abbotsford campus from Chilliwack. The Teacher Education program (aka TEP) is a one-year post-degree program. Some of the students entering the program are fresh graduates of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Others are undertaking a midlife career change. “Our group this year consists … Continued

UFV Nursing students host annual health fair

Those interested in learning about health and wellness will have the chance to garner interactive advice from UFV nursing students next week. On Friday, Oct. 19, University of the Fraser Valley fourth-year nursing students will be holding their annual health fair at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford, in the section of the mall near the Dollar Giant. At the day-long event, students who are currently taking their community health nursing course will be offering free information on the following topics: … Continued