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newsFrom left to right Alex Schuirmann, Luke Friesen, Sandra Iroegbu, and Cody Marwood.
From left to right Alex Schuirmann, Luke Friesen, Sandra Iroegbu, and Cody Marwood.

Students help a B.C. community ditch the car

Four students from UBC's Okanagan campus are figuring out how to get residents from a Vernon, B.C., neighbourhood to park their cars and get active.

The initiative -- supported by UBC's Okanagan campus, Interior Health, and the City of Vernon -- will see students develop a Vernon Neighbourhood Active Travel Plan for East Hill Residents. Active travel focuses on walking, cycling and transit as a primary means of transportation.

"Vernon is a highly automobile dependent community, with most trips taken via single-occupant vehicles," explains Gord Lovegrove, associate professor in the School of Engineering and project supervisor. "If this trend continues as Vernon grows, residents will experience increased traffic congestion, vulnerability to an increase in chronic diseases and obesity, decreased air quality, and increased greenhouse gas emissions."

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Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health opens at UBC

Research facility is the first centre of excellence in Okanagan for health-care study

A new centre for research into the causes, consequences and treatments of heart, lung and blood vessel diseases has opened at UBC's Okanagan campus. The Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health, which initially includes two research labs, was officially opened and dedicated Nov. 8.

Cardiovascular, respiratory and cerebrovascular diseases continue to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Canada, with five million Canadians living with heart or respiratory diseases or as survivors of strokes. The prevalence of these chronic conditions costs the Canadian health-care system an estimated $35 billion a year in direct and related costs.

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Colin Wallace (foreground in blue) finishes first for the Heat and 23rd overall, at the national championships this past Saturday. (Photo from the CCAA files)
Colin Wallace (foreground in blue) finishes first for the Heat and 23rd overall, at the national championships on November 10. (Photo from the CCAA files)

Heat finish 4th at national cross country championships

The Heat Cross Country teams participated at the biggest Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championships event in history on November 10, with a field of over 290 student-athletes from nearly 40 different colleges and universities from across the country.

The race -- five kilometres for the women and eight kilometres for the men -- was held at Parc Michel-Chartrand in Longueuil, Quebec, and the cloudless sunny day was a perfect setting for the championships hosted by Champlain College Saint-Lambert.

The Heat women had a tremendous performance, and were just seconds away from a national medal, finishing fourth in the team scoring, narrowly missing the podium by the slimmest of margins.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Fighting for the survival of Northern peoples and way of life

Renowned arctic activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier speaks to Vernon audience

World-renowned arctic activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier spoke to a Vernon audience Wednesday night about the realities of the Arctic, where Inuit today face profound challenges to their environment, their economy, their health and their cultural well-being.

Her presentation at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre was the second in this season's UBC Distinguished Speaker Series.

"We in the Arctic have been subject to the most dramatic environmental effects of globalization," says Watt-Cloutier, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for her advocacy work in global climate change. "Arctic communities have benefited the least from industry yet are carrying the brunt of industry."

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UBC students create unique welcome wagon package for Kelowna's North End

Free public open house held for community to gather thoughts and feedback

Residents and lovers of Kelowna's unique North End neighbourhood are invited to attend a community open house to talk to university students who are creating an Eco Welcome Wagon package for the neighbourhood.

The Eco Welcome Wagon project is being created by fourth-year Creative Writing and Visual Arts students. While traditional welcome wagons provide new homeowners with information about a city and its businesses, the student's Eco Welcome Wagon will be a package of artwork and writing that tries to attach new residents to their neighbourhood environment.

Recipients of the package might discover local stories, buried history, or unique features of their new place. It might include fiction, historical work, or visual art specific to their new home.

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Everest scientists discuss research findings at public forum

UBC-led expedition examined high-altitude oxygen deprivation, blood flow

UBC scientists last Thursday night told a Penticton audience about some of their early health-study findings from last spring's international research expedition to Mount Everest.

Faculty members from UBC, Okanagan College and six other countries made the ground-breaking trek to the Pyramid Lab near Everest Base Camp to study the effects of hypoxia -- oxygen deprivation -- and lower blood flow the brain and vital organs at high altitude. The symptoms are similar to those suffering from chronic heart and respiratory illnesses and strokes.

The scientists also studied the causes of sleep apnea, a common affliction that routinely affects both visitors and high-altitude residents.

"We are very close to discovering what causes sleep apnea," Philip Ainslie, associate professor with the School of Health and Exercise Sciences and Canada Research Chair in cerebrovascular physiology, told the gathering at Okanagan College's Penticton campus.

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Reducing stress and promoting well-being for kids and teachers

Free presentation offers tips for children's social and emotional development

The campus community is invited to a free talk November 21 by internationally-renowned psychologist and educator Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, who will speak about the latest research on how children's social and emotional learning (SEL) and development can be nurtured in classrooms. She will focus on recent work in the field of mindfulness-based education approaches.

The discussion includes a description of MindUP -- a mindfulness-based education program for children in Kindergarten to Grade 8 that is being widely implemented in BC.

This event is free but online registration is required. To register or for more information visit stirringmindsnov21.eventbrite.ca.

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Nursing students from UBC's Okanagan campus shared their knowledge about global health issues through a series of classroom visits with Grade 11 and 12 students at Kalamalka Secondary School in Vernon.
Nursing students from UBC's Okanagan campus shared their knowledge about global health issues through a series of classroom visits with Grade 11 and 12 students at Kalamalka Secondary School in Vernon.

UBC nursing students unite with Vernon school to raise global health awareness

Kalamalka Secondary School students plan trip to Panama to turn knowledge into action

Nursing students from UBC's Okanagan campus have partnered with the Students Without Borders Academy (SWBA) program at Kalamalka Secondary School to help Grade 11 and 12 students learn about global health issues.

High school teacher Dave Fehr welcomed UBC nursing students Amanda Fehr, Ashlyn McAmmond, and Melissa Stoesz into his classroom to teach the SWBA students about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) put forth by the United Nations in 2000.

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15th annual Okanagan Short Story ContestTell your story

15th annual Okanagan short story contest now accepting submissions

The 15th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest is now accepting stories from writers in the Okanagan region.

The contest invites all Southern Interior writers  from east of Hope, west of the Alberta boundary, north of the U.S. border and south of Williams Lake to submit their original unpublished works of fiction. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Cash prizes are offered for the best adult short fiction from the Southern Interior. Stories ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 words are eligible; all entries must be original, unpublished works of fiction, submitted on 8 1/2" by 11" plain white paper, double-spaced and typed. There is no limit on the number of entries, but a $15 entry fee is required with each.

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Ergonomic assessments being offered next week for employees using computer workstations

Next week, office ergonomic assessments are being offered for all employees with on-campus workstations.

The School of Health and Exercise Sciences is teaming up with the Department of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) to offer office ergonomic assessments from November 26 to 30. This applies to all staff, faculty and graduate students with on-campus workstations.

Trained third- and fourth-year Human Kinetics students will monitor participants working and provide a professional assessment on behalf of HSE.

The ergonomics program at the Okanagan campus ensures the health, safety and well-being of employees. It promotes optimal working postures and practices in order to reduce workplace musculoskeletal injuries.

To signup for this program, contact Assessment Coordinator Colin Wallace.

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Winter weather: a seasonal safety reminder

When snow and ice arrive this winter, the Facilities Management team will be busy sweeping snow from walkways and parking lots while depositing ice-melt and sand to prevent slips and falls. Slips and falls are major cause of injury not only on the UBC campus but in all parts of the city.

Areas are prioritized according to high traffic areas, terrain (stairs, inclines, etc), and areas with past history of incidents/accidents. Facilities Management personnel will also immediately respond to reports of slippery areas.  Contact the Facilities Management office at 250-807-9272 or facilities.ok@ubc.ca to report slippery areas.

Facilities Management's website offers a variety of safety tips to help avoid slips and falls related to snow or icy conditions.

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Call for volunteers: Winter Orientation

Campus Life, Aboriginal Programs and Services, as well as International Programs and Services are hosting the first-ever Winter Orientation for the 40 students joining UBC's Okanagan campus in January 2013.

The Winter Orientation is planned for January 3 in the University Centre ballroom and will be a miniaturized version of the Create New Student Orientation in September. It will feature AVP Students Ian Cull, the UBC Students' Union Okanagan, and a panel of current UBC students sharing their experiences, and tips and tricks.

Winter Orientation organizers are looking for UBC departments and individuals to help with welcoming students before the evening beings, and serving dinner. 

To volunteer, of find out more, contact Student Event Coordinator Adam Goodwin at 250-807-9276.

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Security tips to prevent thefts during the holidays

Campus Security reminds everyone to safeguard both UBC and personal effects this holiday season. Thefts of this type are crimes of opportunity and offices, study areas, and computer labs that are left unattended tend to be prime targets.

Visit the Campus Security website for special tips to keep your office and belongings secure. Report all suspicious activity to Campus Security at 250-807-9236 (local 79236). For crimes in progress, notify RCMP by dialing 9-1-1.

For other crime prevention initiatives, contact the Security Coordinator's office at 250-807-9173 (local 79173).

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Exam Jam graphicSemester end Exam Jam organized for Dec. 3 and 4

Exam Jam is a two-day exam preparation event organized by the Academic Resource Centre, Supplemental Learning and Campus Life.

Held December 3 and 4, Exam Jam is dedicated to helping students prepare for the next round of final exams.

Exam Jam provides students with faculty review sessions, tutoring, open study rooms, study break activities, snacks, and refreshments. Over 50 tutors will team up with teaching assistants and Supplemental Learning leaders to help ease the coming weeks of exam-time stress.

All faculty and Teaching Assistants are invited to participate in Exam Jam. Their time, knowledge, and expertise are invaluable for these two days.

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Deadlines adjusted for Okanagan campus Researcher of the Year Award

Nominations close NEXT Friday

This deadlines for this year's Researcher of the Year Award have been extended slightly, giving members of the campus community extra time to put together their nomination packages.

The award terms and nomination form for this year's Researcher of the Year Award are available via the Office of Research Services website. Please note the new deadlines as late applications/nominations will not be accepted.

  • November 30
    Nominator submits Nomination Letter to the Dean  
  • December 21
    Nominator submits curriculum vitae & supporting materials to the Dean
  • January 23, 2013
    Dean submits nomination packages to the Office of Research Services  

To find out more about award terms and criteria, visit the Office of Research Services website.

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Reminder: deadline for Teacher of the Year Award closes November 30

Members of the campus community have until Friday, Nov. 30, to submit the notification of intent to nominate form for the Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation.

Each year the Okanagan campus acknowledges two faculty members for their contribution to teaching excellence and innovation during the time of their appointment -- a senior faculty member (10 or more years of teaching experience) and a junior faculty member (less than 10 years of teaching experience).

Each award consists of a $3,000 cash prize and is presented during the Centre for Teaching and Learning's annual Learning Conference.

To find out more about award terms and criteria, visit the Office of the Provost and Vice Principal website.

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Nursing students help villagers build health clinic in Africa

Increasing nursing presence in the village will help improve health for residents

Fourth-year nursing students will be travelling to Ghana, Africa, for seven weeks next spring, where they will help villagers build a permanent health care centre, work in diverse health care situations, and promote global health.

The nursing students will be spending some of their time in Chanshegu, a rural village in northern Ghana that has limited access to child and mother health care.

"Through funds raised, we'll be purchasing the building materials and medical equipment for a four-room hut, and offering support wherever we are needed during the construction," says Lisa Vinge, one of three fourth-year nursing students involved with the political action project.

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peopleSarah Allison enjoyed her trip to Prince George, netting 24 points in the Heat's Saturday night victory over UNBC (Photo by Dale Abbey)
Sarah Allison enjoyed her trip to Prince George, netting 24 points in the Heat's Saturday night victory over UNBC (Photo by Dale Abbey)

Hot shooting Allison nets 24 to lead Heat to victory on the road

The Heat scored 26 points from the charity stripe to earn a weekend split in Prince George, holding on to a 79-71 win over the host University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves.

Second-year guard Emily Kanester was a perfect 12 of 12 from the free throw line, while backcourt mate Sarah Allison was 7 of 10 from the stripe. As a team, The Heat converted 81.3 per cent of their free throws (26 of 32) with 16 of those converted in the second half.

An eight-point lead to begin the fourth quarter was slowly erased a 13-6 Timberwolves run through the middle of the quarter, with the score tied with 2:17 left to play.

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Leanne Takenaka
Leanne Takenaka, marketing and communications manager

Raising the profile of UBC's Okanagan Campus

Looking to develop a strategic approach to Okanagan campus marketing initiatives, UBC recently hired Marketing and Communications Manager Leanne Takenaka to help advance the profile of the Okanagan campus.

In the seven years since the campus launched, Okanagan residents have experienced the transformative effect of UBC in the Valley. The campus has introduced an exceptional quality of education and research and it is now time to make a concerted effort to share that story with a wider audience.

Leanne is a UBC alumna (BCom) with strategic marketing experience in both corporate and post-secondary education environments. Before joining UBC, she was responsible for marketing executive education programs at the University of Calgary.

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Barb Hoy, Kelowna Run for the Cure Co-Director, presents nursing student Robyn Kosugi with the Post-Secondary Challenge Team Captain Leadership Award
Barb Hoy, Kelowna Run for the Cure Co-Director, presents nursing student Robyn Kosugi with the Post-Secondary Challenge Team Captain Leadership Award

In the news...

Nursing student wins team captain leadership award

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation presented Robyn Kosugi with the Post Secondary Challenge Team Captain Leadership Award recently for her incredible efforts leading the School of Nursing team in the 2012 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.

Kosugi led more than 57 team members to help raise $7,833 for this year's run.

"The UBCO nursing faculty is a unique group and it is great to be able to get together to support a cause that is personally important to many of us, and is in line with our career choice," said Kosugi. "Last year we created the team and after seeing the incredible support and spirit in our first year, it was a huge motivation to make 2012 even bigger."

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research spotlight

Professor Joan Bottorff
Professor Joan Bottorff

Strengthening primary cancer prevention programs in Northern B.C.

UBC researcher receives close to $1 million for collaborative project

With nearly $1 million in funding from the Canadian Cancer Society, a UBC researcher will target cancer prevention strategies in northern B.C., where cancer incidence rates are the highest in the province.

Professor Joan Bottorff, Director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC's Okanagan campus, will spearhead a multi-sector team of researchers and health professionals from the Canadian Cancer Society -- BC & Yukon Division, BC Cancer Agency and Northern Health (NH) in a project aimed at reducing the incidence of cancer in northern British Columbia.

"There is a pressing need for improved primary cancer prevention in northern B.C., where mortality rates for all cancers are highest in comparison to other provincial health regions," says Bottorff.

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Female Intimacies in Seventeenth-Century French LiteratureCritical Studies professor publishes book on 17th century French female intimacies

Marianne Legault, associate professor of French, recently published a new book about literary discourses on female friendship and intimacy in 17th-century French literature.

The book takes as its premise the view that unlike men, women have been denied for centuries the possibility of same-sex friendship. Legault explores the effect of this on female friendship and homoerotic relationships as thematic narratives in works by male and female writers in seventeenth-century France.

Legault's work in this book adds to the research in lesbian and queer studies, fields in which pre-18th-century French literary texts are rare.

Female Intimacies in Seventeenth-Century French Literature is now available from Ashgate Publishing.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
November 21, 2012

News

Students help a B.C. community ditch the car
Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health opens at UBC
Heat finish 4th at national cross country championships
Fighting for the survival of Northern peoples and way of life
UBC students create unique welcome wagon package for Kelowna's North End
Everest scientists discuss research findings at public forum
Reducing stress and promoting well-being for kids and teachers
UBC nursing students unite with Vernon school to raise global health awareness
Tell your story
Ergonomic assessments being offered next week for employees using computer workstations
Winter weather: a seasonal safety reminder
Call for volunteers: Winter Orientation
Security tips to prevent thefts during the holidays
Semester end Exam Jam organized for Dec. 3 and 4
Christmas trees at UBC: natural or artificial?
Deadlines adjusted for Researcher of the Year Award
Reminder: deadline for Teacher of the Year Award closes November 30
Nursing students help villagers build health clinic in Africa

People

Hot shooting Allison nets 24 to lead Heat to victory on the road
Raising the profile of UBC's Okanagan Campus
Nursing student wins team captain leadership award

Research Spotlight

Strengthening primary cancer prevention programs in Northern B.C.
Critical Studies professor publishes book on 17th century French female intimacies

events

On the promise of peace

Kant's wartime and the tremulous body of philosophy

David L. Clark, one of the most well respected voices working in critical theory in Canada, will be on campus today to give a talk for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Clark is professor of English and cultural studies at McMaster University and has published several books including Regarding Sedgwick and the forthcoming Bodies and Pleasures in Late Kant.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21 (today)
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART386

To find out more about this event contact George Grinnell, assistant professor of English.

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VOICE forum organized for tomorrow

What makes a healthy university community? A major campus-wide research project recently asked students, faculty, staff, administrators and campus business people that very question and on November 22, the researchers involved will be sharing the results.

The forum will feature a student-led photo exhibit highlighting student experience on campus, results from the community dialogue survey and a summer of health-related policies at universities throughout North America.

The forum will also set the stage for the next action-oriented phase of the VOICE project. Students and non-students will partner to create change on the health interests identified by the study.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 22
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre foyer

To find out more, visit the VOICE website.

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Don't stay in your office for coffee this Friday

Sponsored by the Okanagan campus Library, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee on Friday.

Coffee, tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the Okanagan campus United Way campaign.

Date: Friday, Nov. 23
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Library building

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Creative Studies graduate students hold open house

Writers, performers and visual artists enrolled in graduate studies at UBC's Okanagan campus are opening their studios to the public on Friday.

Visitors can tour studios, listen to readings, watch performances and check out video installations while nibbling on snacks and enjoying impromptu live music.

Participating students include Jeannette Angel, Shannon Lester, Julia Prudhomme, Amy Modahl, John McGregor, Lori Mairs, Kristin Burns, Dania Tomlinson, Kelly Shepherd, Cassandre Campeau Bouthillier, Rosa Park and Lorna Tureski.

Writers will give short readings from new and recent works at 3:30 and 5 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 23
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Location: Platypus House / University House

To find out more contact open house organizer Kristin Burns at 250 869-5724.

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Spanish Film Series

Spanish Film Series: Flores de otro mundo

The Spanish Program and the Latin American & Iberian Studies program present a screening of the film Flores de otro mundo on November 23.

There is no charge for admittance and the film will be presented with subtitles in English.

Date: Friday, Nov. 23
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Okanagan College Theatre, Student Services Building -- 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

To find out more contact Francisco Peña, assistant professor of Spanish, at 250-807-8044.

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How can academics best contribute to the ideals of global health?

A dialogue about new pathways and new opportunities

Nancy Edwards, Scientific Director for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population and Public Health, will be giving a presentation for the Faculty of Health and Social Development's Research Committee Seminar Series on November 26.

Date: Monday, Nov. 26
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Reichwald Health Sciences Centre lecture theatre, room HSC LT 257

There is no charge for this event, but online registration is required.

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The new Pacific Canada and UBC

Henry Yu, associate professor of history at UBC's Vancouver campus and UBC project lead for Chinese Canadian Stories, will be on campus on November 27 to give a talk for the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Unit 6 Speaker Series.

The new Pacific Canada is also a return to the old -- a world in development in the 19th century that was cut short.

This talk looks forward to the new challenges of an Asian and Pacific-oriented Canada and the role UBC and British Columbia might play.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 27
Time: 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART206

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Early Spanish guitar music

The Minds and Music concert series re-launches this season with a dedication to guitar repertoire and its masters. Enter: the year of the guitar.

The first concert takes place on November 28 and features performer, teacher, and music editor Alan Rinehart as he performs Spanish guitar music of the 16th to early 19th century.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC 200

There is no charge for this concert. To find out more visit the Minds and Music website.

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Half-Way Celebration

Half-Way celebration

The Half-Way Celebration on December 1 celebrates the past semester of successes with a combination of food, refreshments, entertainment and school spirit.

The celebration takes place at the Heat volleyball games versus Trinity Western University at 5 p.m. (women's game) and 7 p.m. (men's game).

There will be a BBQ, free cupcakes, refreshments and prizes.

To find out more, find the Half Way Celebration on the Campus Life website or Facebook page, or on Twitter.

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What's Happening on campus

The Okanagan campus events calendar is the central point for online information about university-related events, on and off campus.

Events at a Glance:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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ubco.tv
UBCO.TV

Okanagan campus people, achievements and events are showcased on UBCO.TV. Check out what's new:

  • Theatre 26 opens
    This newly re-opened venue provides a stage for the arts on campus.
  • Global Fest 2012
    Students from over 80 countries meet to enjoy food and culture from around the world.
  • Library renovations
    The $1.4 million in renovations to the Okanagan campus library are now complete.

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Workshops at a glance

Here are some professional development opportunities for faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus over the next few weeks:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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