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Sept. 2, 2015

Events

September 2
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Elizabeth Voth

September 3
Faculty and Staff Welcome Back Information Fair and BBQ

September 6
Parent Conference 2015

September 8
Create New Student Orientation

September 9
Master's Thesis Oral Exam: N. Pyett

September 9
Unit 6 History Speaker Series Presents: Keith Sugden

September 10
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Jannik Eikenaar

September 11
Biology Graduate Symposium

September 11
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Bhavesh Patel

September 11
Heat Women's Volleyball: Thompson Rivers vs. UBCO

September 12
Golf PACWEST Invitational @ Okanagan Golf Club

September 12
Heat Cross Country: Thompson Rivers @ UBCO

September 12
Heat Men's Soccer: Fraser Valley vs. UBCO

September 12
Street Fest

September 13
SPARK: Wellness Week

September 13
Heat Men's Soccer Fraser Valley vs. UBCO

September 17
Pit Stop: Campus Operations & Risk Management

September 22
The power to choose: Improving end-of-life care in First Nations communities

September 27
Remote Aboriginal community research: Translating knowledge into action

Workshops

September 2
Graduate Student Orientation

September 2
Do you have what it takes to be a Positive Genius?

September 2
Clickers Drop-in

September 2
Technology at UBC Okanagan

September 3
Adjunct Faculty and Sessional Instructor Orientation

September 3, 9 and 10
Graduate Scholarships and Awards Q&A Session

September 3
Classroom Technology Walkthrough

September 4
Maximizing Student Success

September 4
Tri-Council Doctoral Grant Writing Bootcamp

September 8 and 15
Tuesday Mindfulness Sessions

September 9
Credentialing for TAs

September 9
IKBSAS International Education Travel Subsidy Information Session

September 9
Disability Resource Centre Orientation

September 9
Credentialing for FCCS TAs

September 10
Introduction to Connect for Adjuncts and Sessionals

September 10
Credentialing for EESC TAs

September 14
Digital Health and Wellness Drop-in Clinic

September 14
Credentialing for TAs

September 15
MD Admissions Info Session

September 15
Academic Integrity for Adjuncts and Sessionals

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Workshops

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Employee News
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Help welcome students to our campus community

UBC Okanagan will soon welcome all new and returning students to campus through a broad range of orientation activities and events, including Create New Student Orientation.

All faculty and staff play an important role during this time. By welcoming incoming students and taking part in orientation events, you help create memorable and lasting positive student experiences.

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Four weeks of Spark launch on Sept. 14

Spark -- UBC Okanagan's extended orientation program for new graduate and undergraduate students -- kicks off on September 14 with Wellness Week.

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Helping you make a difference

The Peer Mentor Program has 115 upper-year students this year who are well-trained and highly motivated to make a difference at UBC Okanagan.

The program invites all faculty and staff to learn about the many ways in which this program can help your department or unit.

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Host an international visitor

Faculty members are encouraged to apply to the Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund, which provides opportunities for international visitors to engage with the campus community and share their research and expertise.

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Get involved in the Okanagan campus United Way campaign

This year's UBC Okanagan United Way campaign kicks off on October 5. The campus campaign is seeking faculty and staff interested in joining the team of dedicated volunteers working to build a stronger, healthier community to improve the quality of lives of people in the Okanagan.

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Recycle your coffee cup and you'll reduce waste

UBC Okanagan disposed an average of 100.65 kg of garbage per person in 2014. 85 per cent of the material sent to the landfill was actually recyclable, and 20 per cent of that was single-use coffee cups.

The Sustainability Office would like to remind the campus community that there are many ways to reduce waste at work.

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What's compost, and what's recyclable, refundable, or waste?

A reminder postcard provided to faculty and staff this week indicates the variety of materials allowed in collection containers for compost, refundables, paper and plastic, and waste. Look for the card in your workspace.

The card incorrectly included coffee grounds as allowed in the paper and plastics bins. Coffee grounds are definitely compostable and should go in the yellow compost bins conveniently located at all recycling stations on campus.

The Facilities Management website has more about UBC Okanagan's programs for composting and recycling and garbage.


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It's back: five days of free fitness

Once again, UBC REC is offering an introductory free week of Group Fitness classes, September 14 to 18. Take advantage of a week's worth of free Zumba, spin, boot camp, and yoga.

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Matthew Grant, associate director of public affairs
Matthew Grant, associate director of public affairs.

Assoc. director of public affairs joins University Relations

This week, the University Relations department welcomed Matthew Grant, the new associate director of public affairs overseeing the department's day-to-day media relations and community engagement work.

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Reminder: restrictions on using Curtis Road private easement

Cyclists and pedestrians are reminded that restrictions on the use of the private easement road between campus and Curtis Road to the west remain in effect. These restrictions are posted on signage at the UBC campus boundary.

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Inclusive Technology Lab now open in LIB101

A new Inclusive Technology Lab (ITL) is now open on campus for all students, faculty and staff. The ITL is an environment designed to facilitate learning and research through access, training and experimentation with a variety of assistive technologies.

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Your involvement can help career-ready grads

The Advising & Involvement Centre (AIC) is looking to develop and build awareness for a new, integrated series of career-focused programs that help our career-ready graduates find success.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in one or all of the collaborative sessions offered by the AIC in September.

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Staff Pension Plan info session organized for early October

Thinking about retirement? Have questions about your pension benefits?

A UBC Staff Pension Plan seminar is organized for October 8. It will be led by Pension Administrator Margaret Leathley. One-on-one retirement info sessions are also available upon request.

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Join the Open Minds Forum for the chance to win an iPad mini

Have your say. Join the Open Minds Forum and be part of a panel of staff, faculty, students and alumni who regularly share their feedback on UBC programs and initiatives.

Join the Open Minds Forum in September and you'll be entered into a draw to win an iPad mini.

Learn more and sign up...


UBC Fly Fishers cast their lines in September

The UBC Fly Fishers are starting off the academic year with a series of events that will catch the attention of any interested new fishers on campus.

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UBC Stories
UBC civil engineering students Blake Cloutier (left) and Andre Prohoroff are presented with their second-place award by Amie Therrien, the Student and Young Professionals Program Coordinator, at the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering annual conference earlier this summer.
UBC civil engineering students Blake Cloutier (left) and Andre Prohoroff are presented with their second-place award by Amie Therrien, the Student and Young Professionals Program Coordinator, at the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering annual conference earlier this summer.

Civil engineering students make mark at professional conference

Team comes home with two significant awards, including most improved chapter

Students from the School of Engineering came back with big accolades from industry professionals when they attended the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering annual conference earlier this summer.

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Nima Moallemi, PhD student in the School of Engineering
Nima Moallemi, PhD student in the School of Engineering.

CFD Society of Canada Student Scholarship awarded

Engineering PhD student Nima Moallemi has been awarded the 2015 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Society of Canada Student Scholarship, which recognizes excellence in a student's CFD research in Canada.

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The School of Engineering’s iron pin.

New iron pin ceremony re-enforces code of ethics for young students

School of Engineering brings code to reality as students embark on their studies

Most universities are steeped in tradition and that's certainly the case with the School of Engineering (SoE).

But this September, the SoE is embracing a new tradition. 

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Associate Professor of Chemistry Paul Shipley.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Paul Shipley.

Chemistry prof. Paul Shipley elected president of the Natural Health Products Research Society of Canada

Congratulations to Paul Shipley, associate professor of chemistry, on being recently elected president of the Natural Health Products Research Society of Canada. Shipley previously served as treasurer for the NHPRS.

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