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June 21, 2017

Events

June 22
PhD Biology Thesis Defense: Amy Botta

June 22
MSc Thesis Defense: Jenna Hutchen

June 23
MA Thesis Defense: Maureen Meyre

June 24
Creative Days Workshop: Life Drawing (Draped Model)

June 26
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Exam: Ehssan Hosseini Koupaie

June 28
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Jodie L. Foster

June 29
MFA Thesis Oral Exam: Douglas Gough

July 3
MASc Thesis Oral Exam: Anil Prasad

July 4
MASc Thesis Oral Exam: Ravi Sharma

July 5
Powerful Graph Based Change-Point Test

July 6
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Nicholas Bray

Workshops

June 21
MD Admissions Info Session

June 21
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

June 22
Community Building through Action

June 23
MS Office PowerPoint

June 26
Mindfulness Practice

June 27
Planning an Event on Campus

June 28 and 29
Practical Project Management: Core Skills for Managing Business Projects

June 28
Unconscious bias

July 4
Allyship: working together for (racial) justice

July 5
Positive Space

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

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For all that you did

The Ceremonies and Events office would like to thank all volunteers and colleagues who helped make the 2017 Convocation ceremonies such a success.

Graduation couldn't have happened without all of you.


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Opera Under the Stars back at UBC Okanagan

A mid-summer evening of music promises to captivate concert-goers as Opera Under the Stars returns to UBC Okanagan this August.

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Change agent: Green building innovation

We're redefining the future of high-performance buildings and sustainable communities

UBC Okanagan has the good fortune of being situated above an underground body of water -- dubbed a geothermal hidden gem, and for good reason.

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Garden Club members Krista Stokell (left) and Jennifer Ma get ready to plant at the south-side plant bed of the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre.
Garden Club members Krista Stokell (left) and Jennifer Ma get ready to plant at the south-side garden of the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre.

Nectar trail creates buzz on campus

Earlier this year, Border Free Bees planted a 7.4 km nectar trail in Kelowna's lower mission area with the goal of creating habitat for bees, birds, and other pollinating species.

Now a nectar trail has taken root on campus.

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Students gather for an Iftar dinner following the 2017 Fast-a-Thon.
Students gather for an Iftar dinner following the 2017 Fast-a-Thon.

Ablution stations to be installed in the University Centre

For students praying on campus, a major source of anxiety is washing before they pray -- a process called ablution.

UBC Okanagan currently does not have a space to properly do this, but this summer will see the installation of ablution stations in the third-floor bathrooms of the University Centre building.

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Early Alert: support to get students back on track

Being "on track" doesn't mean always getting perfect grades or never having a bad day. It means being able to work towards your full potential.

The Early Alert program is just that -- a way for faculty and staff to get help when they are concerned about a student's wellbeing or academic performance.

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Redesigned Twitter avatars

Last week, Twitter unveiled a redesign that includes a new, round format for avatars, which is not compatible with UBC's existing avatar templates.

To request a new Twitter avatar for your UBC social media channel, visit the UBC brand website: brand.ubc.ca/social-media-avatar-request-form


Workshop: Crucial skills for management and supervision

This workshop presents the crucial skills for managing employment relationships from beginning to end, with particular focus on hiring and performance management.

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Reminder: Parking Services transitioning to virtual permits on July 1

Parking Services would like to remind the campus community that as of July 1, at UBC Okanagan you will no longer need to display a permit in your vehicle.

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Geo-tech testing in parking lots G and C in July

Several small areas of parking lots C and G (south of the Mountain Weather Office) will be temporarily cordoned off in early July to allow soil characterization testing for future parking lot improvements and storm water drainage work.

The testing, which involves drilling small bore holes for soil sampling, is not expected to interfere with normal use of these parking lots.


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Graduates throw their mortarboards into the air to celebrate their success after receiving their degrees.
Graduates celebrating their success after receiving their degrees.

Graduates celebrated during convocation at UBC Okanagan

President makes each ceremony remarkable with songs, a football, and a sense of humour

Thunderous applause, shouts of celebration, a few tears, a football toss, four-part harmonized chants and hugs of congratulations. Graduation week was busy at UBC Okanagan as more than 1,650 students received degrees during six convocation ceremonies.

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Barber School student Raphael Nowak (left) poses with his mentor Ian Walker, professor of biology.
Barber School student Raphael Nowak (left) poses with his mentor Ian Walker, professor of biology.

Student juggles search and rescue role while scoring top grades

Saving lives and acing school just an ordinary day for this student

Being a top-level student isn't easy, especially when you're literally saving lives in your free time. But that's all in a day's work for UBC Okanagan's Raphael Nowak, winner of a top $10,000 academic prize.

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Bahar Heydari's (left) experience at UBC Okanagan inspired her mother (Mandana Heydari, right) to consider graduate studies at the Faculty of Management.
Bahar Heydari's (left) experience at UBC Okanagan inspired her mother (Mandana Heydari, right) to consider graduate studies at the Faculty of Management.

UBC Okanagan education a family affair for mother and daughter

Normally the torch is passed down through generations. But for the Heydari family, the experience at UBC's Okanagan campus has inspired a mother to follow her daughter's footsteps.

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Newly-minted PhD grad Walaa Moursi and her PhD supervisor Professor Heinz Bauschke celebrate her Governor General gold medal award.
Newly-minted PhD grad Walaa Moursi and her supervisor Professor Heinz Bauschke celebrate her Governor General gold medal award.

UBC mathematician wins Governor General's gold medal

Grade point average of 99 per cent solidifies award

A math whiz, who moved with her family more than 10,000 kilometers to continue her education, is UBC's recipient of the gold 2017 Governor General Academic Medal—one of Canada's most prestigious academic awards.

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Louise Sidley, left, and David Sidley speak to family and friends gathered after the sculpture “Two Deer” was officially unveiled.
Louise Sidley, left, and David Sidley speak to family and friends gathered after the sculpture "Two Deer" was officially unveiled.

Sculptures enhance permanent legacy of former student

Student's father creates bronze deer in memory of his son

Two bronze deer now grace the grounds of UBC Okanagan, a gift that will forever stand as a legacy to former undergraduate student River Sidley.

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Assoc. Prof Barb Pesut is a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity.
Assoc. Prof Barb Pesut is a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity.

Community health-based volunteer program spreads across Canada

Volunteers can help improve quality of life for seriously ill adults

A UBC Okanagan professor's idea to improve quality of life for seriously ill adults is spreading across the country.

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Study co-author Karen Hodges, associate professor of biology.
Study co-author Karen Hodges, associate professor of biology.

UBC prof suggests species at risk in Canada are not fully protected

Strategies to protect critical habitat not always followed

A new study has found that in many cases, Canada isn't following federal legislation requiring the protection of threatened or endangered species and could be placing them further at risk of extinction.

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"This study indicates exercise can have an immediate positive effect." says study senior author Kathleen Martin Ginis, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.
"This study indicates exercise can have an immediate positive effect." says study senior author Kathleen Martin Ginis, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

Want to feel stronger and thinner? Get some exercise

UBC study shows lasting benefits to brief workouts

Just one 30-minute bout of exercise makes women feel stronger and thinner, according to a new UBC study. And the positive effect lasts well beyond the activity itself, which may be good news for women concerned about their body image.

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This weekend's Pollinator Picnic celebrates the success of Kelowna's newly-established nectar trail. Photo credit: Bob Lalonde
This weekend's Pollinator Picnic celebrates the success of Kelowna's newly-established nectar trail. Photo credit: Bob Lalonde

Pollinator Picnic celebrates Kelowna's nectar trail success

The success of Kelowna's first nectar trail will be celebrated at Summerhill Winery this Sunday.

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