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Sept. 16, 2015

Events

September 16
FCCS Visiting Author Series: Chelsea Rooney

September 18
Men's Soccer: UNBC vs. UBCO

September 19
Men's Soccer: UNBC vs. UBCO

September 20
Southern Medical Program Student Golf Tournament

September 21
SPARK: Involvement Week

September 22
Nathan Pelletier Research Talk

September 22
The Power to Choose: Improving end-of-life care in First Nation communities

September 22
10th Annual IKBSAS Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium

September 22 and 23
Get to Know Your Library Tour

September 23
EXPLORE!

September 23
Canadian Federal Election: All-Candidates Forum

September 23
Psychology Meet and Greet

September 24
Southern Medical Program Master Teacher Lecture Series

September 25
Draw By Night #9: Inner Warrior

September 26
Women's Soccer: UBC vs. UBCO

September 27
Remote Aboriginal community research: Translating knowledge into action

September 27
Women's Soccer: UVic vs. UBCO

September 28
SPARK: Academics Week

September 28
FCCS Visiting Artist: James Nizam

September 30
Wab Kinew: The Reason You Walk

October 1
One Book UBCO Kick-off

October 1
Reichwald Germanic Studies Speaker Series

October 2
FCCS Performance Series Presents: O k'inadas

October 5
SPARK: Diversity and Equity Week

October 7
One Book UBCO Presentations

Workshops

September 16
Psychology Majors Orientation Session

September 16
What can I do with my major?

September 17
RISe Drop-in Session

September 17
E-learning Community of Practice

September 21
Credentialing for TAs

September 21
ePAF Initiator/Approver Training

September 22
Critical Thinking Community of Practice

September 22, 29 and October 6
Tuesday Mindfulness Sessions

September 22
Starting a Scholarly Research Project

September 22
TA Orientation

September 23
Building Effective Supervisory Relationships

September 23
Grad School 101

September 23
Job Club

September 24
Teaching Online Community of Practice

September 25
Navigating FMS nQuery

September 25
Social Media Community of Practice

September 28, 30 and October 2
SPARK Academics Week Pop-up Advising

September 28
Active Learning

September 29
Job Club

September 29
IKBSAS International Education Travel Subsidy Information Session

September 30
Meet and Greet: Librarians and Centre for Scholarly Communication

October 1
What is a Canadian University Library All About?

October 2
RefWorks: Create Bibliographies Automatically

October 3
TA Buffet

October 6
Midpoint Feedback Info Session

October 6
Introduction to Research Ethics

October 6
Helping Students Learn: TA seminar

October 7
Inclusive Technology Lab Open House

October 7
Midpoint Feedback Info Session

October 8
UBC Staff Pension Plan Information Seminar

October 8
Recruiting Process

October 8
Teaching Large Classes Community of Practice

October 8
UBC Staff Pension Plan Information Seminar

For more events and events workshops visit ok.ubc.ca/events

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Employee News
Michele Cannon, Steve Manuel, Deanna Simmons, Vania Chan, and Stephanie McKeown are congratulated by UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Okanagan campus Deborah Buszard (third from right) for their exemplary work ethics at UBC.
Michele Cannon, Steve Manuel, Deanna Simmons, Vania Chan and Stephanie McKeown are congratulated by UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Okanagan campus Deborah Buszard (third from right) for their exemplary work at UBC.

UBC acknowledges dedicated staff with excellence awards

While September is all about students as classes get underway at UBC Okanagan, faculty and staff took a few minutes on September 2 to recognize and acknowledge the hard work of fellow employees.

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UBC centennial logo

Celebrate our centennial and our second decade

Students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the centennial of the University of British Columbia and the 10th anniversary of the Okanagan campus on September 28.

The program will include a renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Okanagan Nation and UBC's Okanagan campus.

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New Volunteer Program launched for students

The Volunteer Program is a new centralized volunteer and experiential learning program that provides current students with practical experience by enhancing their learning, civic engagement, and skill development while addressing campus needs.

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whmis

WHMIS is changing. Your certification needs to change too.

After 27 years, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is changing to meet the needs of an increasing global workplace.

All UBC employees who previously had WHMIS certification will need complete an update to be compliant with the new WHMIS 2015 system.

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Immigration symposium: Views from the Okanagan

A coalition of community and university partners, supported by the Institute for Community Engaged Research, deliver a two-day Immigration Symposium at Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan on September 25 and 26. Free registration for any session.

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Courtyard pond: Where has the water gone?

The BC Government has announced a Level 4 drought rating for the Okanagan Region. Our campus currently has several measures in place to reduce water consumption, including irrigating only as necessary to sustain plant life, and shutting off water to the courtyard pond and other water features to reduce water loss through evaporation.

Our campus is also auditing the campus irrigation system for improved efficiencies (two-thirds now complete), switching to drip irrigation in plant beds and precision spray heads in grass areas, and supporting water-efficient landscaping (xeriscaping) when there are opportunities to replant.

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Free Group Fit classes all week

Take advantage of free Group Fit classes for the rest of the week.

And after this week you can access unlimited group fitness classes all semester with a faculty and staff Group Fitness pass for only $100.

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Volunteer with this year's UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign

In addition to making a pledge, there are lots of ways to get involved with the UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign, which begins in October. Become a volunteer or plan an event benefiting United Way. Students, staff and faculty help at events, behind the scenes with communications and planning, and in the community with Days of Caring.

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Canadian Blood ServicesCanadian Blood Services on-campus blood donor clinic organized for Oct 27

The UBC Okanagan Partners for Life team is holding an on-campus blood donor clinic on October 27.

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From the world to UBC, and
back again

Faculty members have a great opportunity to bring distinguished minds to UBC Okanagan this fall and winter.

The Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund provides opportunities for international experts to visit Kelowna, engage with the campus community, and share their research. Applications for this fund are being accepted until October 1.

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Seeking inclusive technology enthusiasts

The UBC Okanagan Library and Disability Resource Centre are looking for members to form an Inclusive Technology Lab Advisory Council.

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Spring back at the next employee Pit Stop

Campus Operations and Risk Management is hosting an interactive Pit Stop tomorrow that requires a green thumb.

Hosted in the newly revitalized science building atrium, this event will feature the planting of daffodil, crocus and tulip spring bulbs to mark the re-opening of the space.

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Tents added to the Community Engagement Loan Library

The Community Engagement Office has two new 10-by-10-foot UBC tents that it can loan to staff and faculty for public events.

For the full list of event equipment and items for loan, visit: ur.ok.ubc.ca/community/eventequipment


Current staff postings

UBC StoriesMembers of the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team were among dozens of Heat student-athletes on hand Sunday to help 1,200 fellow students move in to residences on campus during the annual “move-in” day.
Members of the UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball team were among dozens of Heat student-athletes on hand Sunday to help 1,200 fellow students move in to residences on campus during the annual "move-in" day.

Back to class: UBC Okanagan welcomes 8,400 students

More than 2,250 new undergraduate students are among the 8,400 students beginning classes this year at UBC Okanagan.

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Student life 1915 vs. 2015.
Student life 1915 vs. 2015.

UBC welcomes first class of its second century

This month, UBC kicks off its 100th anniversary celebrations and as it does, it welcomes 8,337 students as the first class of its second centennial.

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In the news...

Photo Credit: KelownaNow.com.
Photo Credit: KelownaNow.com.

Eat Your Heart Out, UBCO: Massive University Replica Cake Unveiled

Getting the cake into the building was an adventure in itself, but after tiresome nights and early mornings, the team behind the giant cake replica of campus delivered the nearly 200-pound masterpiece on time.

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Arthur Manuel, activist, leader, and advocate for Aboriginal title and rights, kicks off UBC Okanagan’s 2015/16 AlterKnowledge Series on September 18.
Arthur Manuel, activist, leader, and advocate for Aboriginal title and rights, kicks off the 2015/16 AlterKnowledge Series on Friday.

Arthur Manuel begins UBC's AlterKnowledge Centennial Series on Friday

Internationally recognized activist is first AlterKnowledge guest this year

Arthur Manuel -- internationally recognized activist, leader, and advocate for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada -- kicks off UBC Okanagan's 2015/16 AlterKnowledge Series on September 18.

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The annual colour run is a colourful welcome for all new-to-UBC students.
The annual colour run is a colourful welcome for all new-to-UBC students.

Orientation programs help new-to-UBC students feel at home

Create and Jumpstart provide academic and social support (and fun activities) for newcomers

It's September; faculty, staff and many students at UBC Okanagan are rolling out the red carpet to make all newcomers feel as welcome as possible.

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Participants at the last Bee Central event of the summer will create homes for mason bees. Unlike honey bees, they are prolific pollinators that often live solitary lives. Photo credit: Bob Lalonde.
Participants at the last Bee Central event of the summer will create homes for mason bees. Unlike honey bees, they are prolific pollinators that often live solitary lives. Photo credit: Bob Lalonde.

UBC's "Culture Days" activity will help create homes for bees

Mason Bee Homes is the final Bee Central event planned for this year

Throughout the day artist Lori Mairs will lead a series of fun, family projects to create homes for mason bees for people's backyards this upcoming spring and children will be invited to create bee finger puppets.

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Post-doctoral researcher Janice Brahney takes a water sample at the outlet of Black Joe Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming to test for phosphorus pollution.
Post-doctoral researcher Janice Brahney takes a water sample at the outlet of Black Joe Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming to test for phosphorus pollution.

UBC researcher warns about phosphorus pollution in alpine lakes

Newly-published report should be a ‘wake-up' call for global scientists

A researcher in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences says a recent analysis of hundreds of alpine lakes around the world show an alarming increase in phosphorus pollution.

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Circus artist Etienne Manceau
Circus artist Etienne Manceau.

FCCS announces busy 2015/16 event lineup

A full slate of readings, shows, public lectures, community forums, and more

Distinguished authors, artists, performers, and speakers fill out a lineup of events to be hosted by FCCS -- a hub of cultural activity and a major contributor to the Okanagan's thriving arts scene.

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Heat golfers James Casorso and Carolyn Lee

Heat golfers win first tournament of year

Playing at home, Carolyn Lee and James Casorso won the women's and men's sides at the first PACWEST tournament of the season this past weekend.

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Heat women's soccer photo

UBC Okanagan women's soccer squad win season opener

A relentless attack on the Univeristy of Winnipeg goal keeper was the offensive formula employed by the Heat women's soccer team on September 4.

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Student move-in day is a well-choreographed event at UBC Okanagan that happens the first Sunday in September and marks the beginning of the new academic year.
Student move-in day is a well-choreographed event at UBC Okanagan that happens the first Sunday in September and marks the beginning of the new academic year.

Student move-in day marks beginning of new academic year

Cars start rolling early, and by 2 p.m. all students are ready to settle in

It's the first day of their new lives as university students. And it can be complex, emotional, and a lot of fun.

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Photo credit: Colby Finney
Photo credit: Colby Finney

Summertime on the wildfire line

Eyes burning, nose running, and plenty of coughing. Just another day at the office for Colby Finney's summer job.

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Blenk Development Corp. Director Karin Eger-Blenk says a partnership with UBC and Okanagan College will help her company further improve their sustainable building practices.
Blenk Development Corp. Director Karin Eger-Blenk says a partnership with UBC and Okanagan College will help her company further improve their sustainable building practices.

Industry teams up with UBC and Okanagan College on energy efficiency research

Two homes to be built as part of a three-year sustainability research project

A local developer, a homebuilder, the University of British Columbia and Okanagan College are collaborating to see how sustainable building technologies can be used to reduce the energy used in new homes in the Interior.

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Fourth-year Human Kinetics student Rebecca Hayman
Fourth-year Human Kinetics student Rebecca Hayman

Halo from Copenhagen!

Fourth-year Human Kinetics student Rebecca Hayman accepted an opportunity of a lifetime.

Rebecca Hayman was accepted to the University of Copenhagen's intensive three-week Summer School in International Health targeting students and professionals with health-related backgrounds. She has been blogging her experiences since early August.

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UBC Dean applauds City of Kelowna's focus on clean drinking water and healthy communities

City's priorities represent positive steps for public health, says Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Development

The City of Kelowna's emphasis on clean drinking water is an important step forward for the health of the community, says Gordon Binsted, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development.

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In the news...

Genocide scholar remains an optimist in the face of inhumanity

Adam Jones wrestles with the worst that humans can inflict on each other yet remains an optimist.

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