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On Thursday last week the Syilx Okanagan Nation flag was raised and given permanent recognition as the host nation in whose lands the university resides.
On Thursday last week the Syilx Okanagan Nation flag was raised and given permanent recognition as the host nation in whose lands the university resides.

UBC raises Syilx Okanagan Nation Flag

Special ceremony marks official flag raising

A new and permanent place has been given to the Syilx Okanagan Nation flag at UBC's Okanagan campus.

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New blog post from President Ono: Update on the strategic plan

In Professor Ono's latest blog post, he updates everyone on where we are and where we are going, as we transition from approval of the UBC Strategic Plan and its goals to implementation.

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Help show thanks to UBC supporters

During this season of giving thanks, help raise awareness of the significant contributions made by our generous donors

Development and Alumni Engagement are asking students, faculty and staff to consider the impact of university donors on their lives and to express their appreciation. Look for tables set up around campus this week and sign a thank you card that will be sent to a UBC Okanagan donor.

New problematic substance use clinic being offered

The UBC Okanagan Psychology Clinic is offering a new service that's available for all faculty and staff.

The service is a low-barrier outpatient treatment service for individuals seeking help to reduce the harm associated with their use of alcohol or other substances.

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Technology available in the Inclusive Technology Lab Advisory Council

Call for membership: Inclusive Technology Lab Advisory Council

The UBC Okanagan Library and Disability Resource Centre is issuing an open call for members in the Inclusive Technology Lab (ITL) Advisory Council.

The council advises the library on how best to direct and evaluate ITL initiatives. All faculty, staff and students are invited to participate.

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Oct. 21: Southern Medical Program Student Golf Classic

The Southern Medical Program Class of 2021 is holding the seventh annual Student Golf Classic on October 21 at the Harvest Golf Club in Kelowna.

This year's event will include 18 holes of golf, buffet dinner, silent auction and tons of prizes. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

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TedxKelowna imageOct. 5: Fast forward with UBC Okanagan and TedxKelowna

Three featured speakers at this year's event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, UBC Okanagan has three speakers that will be featured at this year's TEDxKelowna.

Hear what Professors Susan Murch and Nathan Pelletier, and Entrepreneurship@UBC Director Camille Saltman have to say on Oct. 5 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

To buy tickets or find out more, visit: tedxkelowna.com


Thrive UBC logoOct. 5: Registration due for Thrive Week

Hoping to host your event as part of Thrive Week? Be sure to register your event by Friday, October 5.

Faculty members can also highlight Thrive in the classroom, and everyone on campus is invited to be a promotional partner.

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UBC cannabis policy consultation under way

UBC’s board of governors and the Office of University Counsel are currently consulting the university community on revisions to Policy 15 (Smoking and Smoking Product Promotion on Campus) to prepare for the legalization of cannabis in Canada.

All members of the university community are encouraged to provide their comments. Please submit feedback to the Office of the University Counsel at university.counsel@ubc.ca by November 16, 2018.

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Oct. 17: Advance voting on campus for civic election

As our community prepares for the October 20 civic election, UBC encourages students, faculty and staff to engage in the democratic process, including exercising their right to vote.

An on-campus advance poll will be open October 17 on the lower level of the Richard S. Hallisey Atrium in the EME building.

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Payroll deduction parking permits up for renewal at end of October

All parking permits purchased via payroll deduction are set to expire on October 31. Parking Services wants to remind all permit holders the new permits will automatically be issued.

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Reminder: Workday information session organized for Oct. 11

Meet the leaders of the Integrated Renewal Program and learn more about Workday, UBC’s future enterprise system.

The Workday implementation plan will be outlined followed by a discussion on how it will affect members of the UBC community.

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Faculty of Management researcher launches intergenerational co-living study

Eric Li, assistant professor of marketing, is collaborating with Happipad to study perceptions of intergenerational co-living.

Li is looking for residents of Canada over 19 years of age to give their input in an online survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary. To find out more, contact Assist Prof. Li at 250-807-8853 or eric.li@ubc.ca.

Give your input at: ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2sZamIMzjDp7RFH


Reminder: Get your Staff Pension Plan questions answered on Oct. 30

Thinking about retirement? Have questions about your pension benefits?

Spaces are still available for the Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan session on October 30. It will be led by Pension Administrator Margaret Leathley.

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Availability and support for macOS 10.14 (Mojave)

Current support status: being tested

Until such time as complete compatibility has been assured, and all vendors support this release of macOS, IT, Media and Classroom Services will not be performing upgrades or shipping new systems with macOS 10.14.

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Reminder: Applications now open for Invited International Distinguished Visitor Award

The Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund provides opportunities for faculty members to invite international colleagues to visit UBC and share their research and expertise with the campus community.

The deadline for submissions is October 15.

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UBC Stories

The potential is yours

Aaron Derrickson believes that by studying the principles found in oral traditions, he can help Indigenous leaders shine.

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Turkey eggs

Why don't we eat turkey eggs?

A UBC eggs-pert discusses sustainability

A perennial favourite for countless Canadians during Thanksgiving is the iconic turkey dinner. And while turkeys are well known for their meat, it is virtually unheard of to eat their eggs.

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Addressing this issue has many challenges and ultimately becomes a ‘give and take' scenario between the level of sediment control and the length of time spent working in the water.
Addressing this issue has many challenges and ultimately becomes a ‘give and take' scenario between the level of sediment control and the length of time spent working in the water.

UBC engineers work to protect ecosystems

New research looks at impact of construction on natural habitats

Working with Bow River stakeholders in the Calgary area, School of Engineering researchers are investigating ways to reduce the negative impact of construction on sensitive aquatic ecosystems.

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The Pyramid International Laboratory is located at an altitude of 5,050 metres on the Nepali side of Mt. Everest.
The Pyramid International Laboratory is located at an altitude of 5,050 metres on the Nepali side of Mt. Everest.

Lowlanders are no match for Nepal's Sherpa

High altitude adaptation makes muscle tissue highly resilient to fatigue

The Sherpa people of the Himalayas have long been recognized for their unique ability to excel physically in the thin air of higher altitudes.

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Micro-lens arrays involve the fabrication of hundreds or thousands of micro-lenses on a miniature surface measuring less than one-centimetre by one-centimetre.
Micro-lens arrays involve the fabrication of hundreds or thousands of micro-lenses on a miniature surface measuring less than one-centimetre by one-centimetre.

Innovating augmented and virtual reality

School of Engineering researchers are developing micro-lens arrays that are changing the scale of augmented and virtual reality equipment.

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Susan Holtzman is an associate professor in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.
Susan Holtzman is an associate professor in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Think B4 U text, says UBC research

Study evaluates texting as a poor way to deliver criticism

Many think they’re doing a favour by texting criticism instead of giving it in person. Not so, says psychology researcher and study senior author Susan Holtzman who has determined that negative comments can have the same impact regardless of how they are delivered.

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Edwin Chu, general manager of Grizzli Winery.
Edwin Chu, general manager of Grizzli Winery.

Winery helps provide new FCCS awards for students

A local West Kelowna winery has contributed $8,000 to the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies for a new award for students.

The donation from Grizzli Winery will allow FCCS to present new awards this academic year to students majoring in fine arts or media studies who display great promise in graphic design and visual communication.

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