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May 2, 2018

Events

May 4
6th Annual Staff & Faculty Sports Day

May 4
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Sean St. Jean

May 5
Prevent Falls and Enhance Your Mobility

May 7
MASc Thesis Oral Defence: Hossein Montazerianoliaee

May 17
Printmaking Open House and Demonstrations

Workshops

May 2
MS Office PowerPoint

May 2
ePAF Initiator/Approver Training

May 3
MS Office Word Expert

May 3
Microsoft Visio

May 3
Smartforms Training

May 3
Mitacs: Diversifying Your Research Career

May 8 to 10
Graduate Writers’ Bootcamp

May 8
A brave new world: Nurses' experiences with medical assistance in dying

May 10
Adobe Acrobat DC

May 14
MS Office Word Core

May 15
MS Office Excel Core

May 16
MS Office Outlook

May 17
Outlook Strategic Management and One Note

May 17
Planning, Prioritizing, Productivity: A Time Management Workshop

May 17
MD Admissions Info Session

May 18
MS Office Excel Core

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

Workshops

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Shaping UBC's Next Century graphic

Find out more about UBC's new strategic plan

UBC recently launch its new strategic plan: Shaping UBC's Next Century. This plan sets out our collective vision and purpose, and our goals and strategies for the years ahead.

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Unleashed potential

UBC Okanagan’s canine therapy program explores how therapy dogs reduce stress and increase well-being in a variety of populations

UBC’s BARK program for student wellness has evolved into a model of fellowship with more than 50 therapy dogs connecting students, faculty and peers.

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Faculty and staff recognized at this year's Long Service Awards included (from left): Dixon Sookraj, Rose Cresswell, Robert Lalonde, Blythe Nilson, Mike Gesi and Robert Campbell.
Faculty and staff recognized at this year's Long Service Awards included (from left): Dixon Sookraj, Rose Cresswell, Robert Lalonde, Blythe Nilson, Mike Gesi and Robert Campbell.

Faculty and staff recognized for their contributions at 2018 Long Service Awards

Each year UBC Okanagan celebrates the many years of dedicated service from faculty and staff. This year, 12 people reached milestones of working at UBC or Okanagan University College for 25, 30 and 40 years.

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Enjoy the start of summer at the Hack & Whack golf tournament

12th Annual Hack & Whack staff & faculty golf tournament takes place May 22

Open to all UBC Okanagan staff and faculty, this year's four-person best ball scramble tournament is just minutes from UBC at Kelowna Springs Golf Club.

Register as a team or an individual by May 17 for a tee time start between 3 and 4 p.m. with dinner to follow. The cost is $65 per person.

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A team effort comes together with launch of makerspace UBCO

A new home for curious students, faculty and staff to come together to dream, design, prototype and create

makerspace UBCO -- a collaborative project months in the making -- officially launches with an open house tomorrow from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in room EME 1256.

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Reminder: Renew your UBC WiFi connection by May 9

Important changes are coming to UBC’s wireless connections

Ensure you don't experience any WiFi interruptions on campus. Update your UBC WiFi connection by May 9. Find out what you need to do at: it.ubc.ca/autoconnect

Training available for UBC WiFi Certificate Renewal

IT, Media and Classroom Services is hosting important information and training sessions on May 7 and 9 regarding the upcoming WiFi Certificate Renewal.


May 7: Community interventions as life preservers for disease prevention

The Chronic Disease Prevention Program invites all campus community members to attend the inaugural Reichwald Family Chair Lecture in Preventive Medicine.

The lecture features Lawrence Brawley, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of Saskatchewan.

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May 15: Are the Chinese a problem?

How can understanding BC's history help us understand where we are and where we are going?

Professor Henry Yu, a historian from UBC's Vancouver campus, will be in Kelowna on May 15 to give a talk on the legacies of Canada’s history of racism that continue to shape us.

This event is organized by the UBC Okanagan Innovation Library. A community discussion will follow the talk, moderated by CBC Radio West host Sarah Penton.

To register or find out more, visit: henry-yu-ubco.eventbrite.ca


Parking permit rate changes

On September 1, 2018, parking rates will be increasing.The new rates can be viewed on the Parking Services website.

With these increases, Parking Services reminds faculty and staff that now is the time to change parking lots if you are considering doing so.

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New staff members join International Programs and Services

International Programs and Services is excited to welcome two new team members

Danai Bélanger joined UBC’s Okanagan campus in the role of International Student Advisor and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant on April 16. And Saher Ahmed now has a permanent role as an International Student Advisor.

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Consider presenting your research, interests or passions as part of Developing Minds

The Student Experience Office is currently recruiting presenters for the summer instalment of the Developing Minds Professional Development Series. You're invited to submit your ideas by May 7.

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UBC Stories
Fake and counterfeit wristwatches are a common site in the local street market stalls of Bangkok, Thailand.

There is more than just saving money when it comes to fake goods

Consumers buy counterfeit items based on cultural influences

While some may think a knock-off product is morally wrong, new research from the Faculty of Management demonstrates that for some cultures 'unethical' consumption is a virtue.

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Engineering professor Sumi Siddiqua (right) and graduate student Priscila Barreto (left).
Engineering professor Sumi Siddiqua (right) and graduate student Priscila Barreto (left).

New research modernizes rammed earth construction

Chemical treatment improves strength of compressed soil by 25 times

A building method as old as dirt is being re-examined as a 'new' and viable modern construction material.

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Finalists in the 2018 Okanagan Short Story Contest, from left: Assoc. Prof. Michael V. Smith, MFA student Victoria Alvarez (second place), MA IGS student Brittni MacKenzie-Dale (first place), Bethany Pardoe (winner, high-school category), Samantha Macpherson (third place) and contest judge Karen Hofmann.
Finalists in the 2018 Okanagan Short Story Contest, from left: Assoc. Prof. Michael V. Smith, MFA student Victoria Alvarez (second place), MA IGS student Brittni MacKenzie-Dale (first place), Bethany Pardoe (winner, high-school category), Samantha Macpherson (third place) and contest judge Karen Hofmann.

Kelowna writer wins UBC Okanagan's annual short story contest

It was four times the charm for a local writer.

UBC Okanagan master's student Brittni MacKenzie-Dale is the winner of this year’s Okanagan Short Story Contest. Organized and partially-sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the contest is an annual writing competition open to fiction writers in British Columbia’s Southern Interior.

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Robson Carrier working at his desk
Robson Carrier.

Solving problems in different ways

When Robson Carrier was younger, his dad used to bring home Lego and construction toys for him to play with.

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Image of women working out from Project MOVE video

Let's get physical: Breast cancer survivors on the move

faculty of health and social development research shows community and cash motivates

Physical activity is an effective way to help improve the many mental and physical side effects of breast cancer treatment. Yet, studies show up to 70 per cent of breast cancer survivors are not getting enough activity.

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Courtney Bethune
Courtney Bethune.

How a creative mind can impact engineering

Courtney Bethune brought along her love for physics and chemistry when she arrived at UBC Okanagan.

Bethune's father works for an Aboriginal engineering firm which specializes in civil engineering projects.

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UBC leads community partnership investigating physical activity of kids with disabilities

About four per cent of Canadian children are living with a disability and their level of physical activity has been unknown, until now.

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    Learn more about the Writers Workshop, a learning technique that positions children as authors that build a practice within a community of other writers.
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    Curious about Cannabis was a community event held at UBC Okanagan in February that shared a variety of perspectives on the upcoming legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada.
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    A Conversation with Mike Shaw during the 2018 Athletics Scholarship Breakfast.

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