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Campus Alumni Luncheon takes place on Fiesta Island

UBC alumni who work on campus have an exclusive getaway to Fiesta Island on January 15, where the sun is hot, tacos are plentiful and salsa music moves your feet.

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#CoatDriveAtUBCO enters its third week

The Faculty of Management is holding a winter clothing drive for Kelowna's Inn From The Cold emergency overnight shelter.

Spare jackets, scarfs, gloves and other winter clothing items are being collected.

To find out more or to arrange a pick-up, email: caitlin.sirett@ubc.ca


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3MT competition calls to graduate students

Grad students invited to present research for cash and glory

Calling all graduate students: Sign up now for UBC Okanagan's third-annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) academic competition and compete for $1,600 in prizes.

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Helping students discover the world of research

This year, faculty and staff across campus hired 234 undergraduate and graduate students through the Work Study Program.

Learn how a Work Study position with Knowledge Broker Gayl Sarbit helped Alex Cloherty discover research is in her future.

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Working out on campus has never been more fun or affordable

Start your winter off right with a free week of Group Fitness classes, Jan. 4 to 9.

Commit to a full semester of fitness, with classes during the lunch hour, for five days a week.

$100 for a faculty and staff Group Fitness pass gets you unlimited access -- including classes during the lunch hour -- until April 16.

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Call for submissions: Art on the Line

The Visual Arts Course Union is looking for donations of artwork for the 14th annual Art on the Line Fundraiser and Gala.

Tickets are also on sale for the event. $190 admits two people and guarantees you recieve one work of art.

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Reminder: One week remaining before transportation survey closes

Just over a week left to take the transportation survey. Tell us how you go to, from and around campus. Check your email for the survey link.

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Staying green during the holidays

In the busy holiday season it's easy to forget the environmental impact of increased shopping, driving, eating and gift-giving. 

Here are some tips to enjoy an environmentally friendly holiday season from the UBC Okanagan Sustainability Office.

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Southern Medical Program collecting shoes for Shoe Bank Canada

Place your donated footwear in the designated Shoe Bank bins in the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre or Clinical Academic Campus and volunteers will do the rest.

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Media Centre Studio launches weekly video production workshop series

Starting January 7, Media Centre Studio will be holding a new series of weekly drop-in sessions that focus on video production.

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Reminder: Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award nominations close Jan. 8

If you know someone who is deserving of the Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award, don't forget to nominate them before January 8.

Two awards of $3,000 each will be given to a tenured and pre-tenured faculty member, and the recipients will be honoured formally at graduation.

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UBC Stories
Eric Li, who teaches marketing in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Management, says the Starbucks red cup generated more attention than an expensive holiday marketing campaign probably might have done.
Eric Li, who teaches marketing in the Faculty of Management, says the Starbucks red cup generated more attention than an expensive holiday marketing campaign probably might have done.

Seeing red: the science behind the holiday cups

UBC professor explains why the plain cup campaign didn't backfire for Starbucks

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a viral video is priceless.

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From left: Nursing students Gurpreet Thur, Laura May, Cassandra Werkema, Julianne Siewert and Noella Gomes
From left: Nursing students Gurpreet Thur, Laura May, Cassandra Werkema, Julianne Siewert and Noella Gomes.

UBC nursing students join with Aberdeen Hall to raise global health awareness

This fall, Aberdeen Hall welcomed nursing students from Muriel Kranabetter's Engaging in Leadership course into grade three and six classrooms to help learn more about global health issues.

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Equity and Inclusion Office holds Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony held on November 20 was a beautiful and tragic celebration of life.

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18th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest now open

Entries are now being accepted for the Okanagan Short Story Contest. Winners enjoy a claim to fame and cash prizes.

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Eric Huang, far left, and Shannon Farvolden (leaning over computer) demonstrate some basic computer skills to students from KSS during UBC Okanagan’s recent Computer Science Day.
Eric Huang, far left, and Shannon Farvolden (leaning over computer) demonstrate some basic computer skills to students from KSS during the recent Computer Science Day.

High schoolers experience a day in the life at university

Computer Science instructor opens doors and helps mentor future students

Inspire young minds. That's the motto for UBC Computer Science instructor Bowen Hui.

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Dr. Cheryl Hume, site director for the UBC Kootenay Boundary Family Practice Residency, and Dr. Willa Henry, Program Director, UBC Department of Family Practice (seated), celebrate the opening of new UBC space with Kootenay Boundary Family Practice residents Drs. Gabe Krahn, Mark Szynkaruk, Alana Benes, and Gretchen Snyman, from left.
Dr. Cheryl Hume, site director for the UBC Kootenay Boundary Family Practice Residency, and Dr. Willa Henry, Program Director, UBC Department of Family Practice (seated), celebrate the opening of new UBC space with Kootenay Boundary Family Practice residents Drs. Gabe Krahn, Mark Szynkaruk, Alana Benes, and Gretchen Snyman, from left.

New space opens for students, resident doctors at Nelson hospital

medical students now have their own dedicated study and training space at Kootenay Lake Hospital

The new space provides a clinical skills room, study stations, and lounge area that was purpose-built for their specific needs.

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An example how Supplemental Learning leaders brainstorm ways to engage students in the math and science centres.
An example how Supplemental Learning leaders brainstorm ways to engage students in the math and science centres.

Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund supports Supplemental Learning

This year, with the support of the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, tutors from the Academic Resource Centre are working hard to make Supplemental Learning and the Math and Science Centre more efficient, impactful and innovative.

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Assoc. Prof. Ali McManus says young girls need to sit less, and move more.
Assoc. Prof. Ali McManus says young girls need to sit less, and move more.

UBC ties girls' sedentary lifestyles to potential health issues

In an age of TVs, touchscreens, and tablets, Canadian children are spending more and more time riding the couch than their bikes.

While it's well known that moving less and eating more has led to expanding waistlines, recently published research by Assoc. Prof. Ali McManus is showing that this lifestyle can harm the health of the blood vessels in younger girls.

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Assoc. Prof. Kathy Rush says people often engage in self-care when they are in physical distress but tend to stop looking after themselves when they are better.
Assoc. Prof. Kathy Rush says people often engage in self-care when they are in physical distress but tend to stop looking after themselves when they are better.

UBC research links stress relief motivation to physical discomfort

In the modern world, stress is a constant companion for nearly every man, woman, and child.

While it is becoming well known that managing the life-related stress associated with such everyday things as work, family, and finances is a key to good health, recent research by UBC Assoc. Prof. Kathy Rush shows that poor health could actually be a greater motivator.

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