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Events

Apr 3
MSc Oral Defense: Deanna Pasquale

Apr 5
MA Oral Defense: Nicole Peletz-Bohbot

Apr 5
MSc Oral Defense: Christina Bruce

Apr 8
MSc Oral Defense: Melissa Larrabee

Apr 10
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Tyler Davis

Apr 10
MFA Oral Defense: Richard Amante

Apr 11
MSc Oral Defense: Gunjan Soni

Apr 13
FCCS Creative Days

Apr 16
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Jennifer Kelly

Apr 16
MSc Oral Defense: Hossein Khalilian

Apr 16
MASc Oral Defense: Siddharth Budaraju

Apr 16
Disability, Access, and Art at UBC Okanagan: A Roundtable

Apr 17
MFA Oral Defense: Victoria Alvarez

Apr 18
MASc Oral Defense: Levi Lafortune

Apr 26
FCCS Pit Stop

Workshops

Apr 3
Converting your Paper into a Journal Article

Apr 3
Pathways to Permanent Residence Info Session

Apr 8
Thesis Formatting

Apr 15
PowerConcepts: Microsoft Project

Apr 16
PowerConcepts: Microsoft Office Core Level 1

Apr 16
MD Admissions Info Session

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

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Meghan Grant, a gold medal-winning member of Canada's national cycling team, is the special guest at this year's fundraising breakfast.
Meghan Grant, a gold medal-winning member of Canada's national cycling team, is the special guest at this year's fundraising breakfast.

Gold medal-winning cyclist to speak at athletic breakfast

UBCO hosts Meghan Grant at annual fundraising event

A national cyclist, former candidate in Canada’s astronaut program, and medical doctor is the keynote speaker at this year’s UBC Okanagan Heat Athletic Scholarship Breakfast, presented by RBC.

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An image of Franz Ferdinand visiting the Okanagan in 1893

Tonight: History and Sociology Speaker Series returns

Franz Ferdinand and the Okanagan Connection

History Professor Emeritus Maury Williams is discussing Franz Ferdinand's 1893 visit to the Okanagan in the next History and Sociology Speaker Series event at the Okanagan Regional Library.

To register or find out more, visit: franzferdinandokanagan.eventbrite.ca


Changes to Facilities Management work request login

On April 4, the Facilities Management work order request system (Archibus/OSIS), will transition from a Novell login to Campus Wide Login (CWL). This will allow for better alignment and integration with the UBC Vancouver campus and ongoing support.

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Applications now open for the Healthy Workplace Initiative Program

The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program is an annual fund available to UBC departments and units to support grassroots activities that promote wellbeing in the workplace.

The application deadline is April 18, 2019. To apply or find out more, visit: hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/workplace-health/healthy-workplaces-initiatives-fund


May 9: Staff Pension Plan info session organized

Thinking about retirement? Have questions about your pension benefits?

An Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan session is organized for May 9. It will be led by Pension Administrator Margaret Leathley. One-on-one retirement info sessions are also available upon request.

To register or find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/events


40 job proposals funded through Work Study

Funding for the 2019/20 Work Study proposals have been assigned for 40 new proposals to hire students to work on projects for the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, Faculty of Health and Social Development and several other units.

To find out more about which proposals received funding, visit: students.ok.ubc.ca/careers/faculty/wagesubsidy/Reporting


Signup for the new Integrated Renewal Program newsletter

UBC has embarked on a university-wide project to transform its finance, HR and student systems and processes called the Integrated Renewal Program.

You can stay up-to-date with the program by subscribing to the new community newsletter.


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UBC Stories
By using a newly developed technique, UBC researchers were able to build a more durable valve that enables the heart to adapt faster and more seamlessly after a transplant.
By using a newly developed technique, UBC researchers were able to build a more durable valve that enables the heart to adapt faster and more seamlessly after a transplant.

UBC researchers develop new heart valve aimed at high-risk patients

Nanocomposites replace animal tissue in new valve design

Researchers in the School of Engineering have created the first-ever nanocomposite biomaterial heart-valve developed to reduce or eliminate complications related to heart transplants.

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UBC researchers are arguing that those on a keto diet should pause when considering a 'cheat day.'
UBC researchers are arguing that those on a keto diet should pause when considering a 'cheat day.'

On the keto diet? Ditch the cheat day, says UBC study

Just one dose of carbohydrates can damage blood vessels

The often embraced 'cheat day' is a common theme in many diets and the popular ketogenic diet is no exception.

But new research from the Faculty of Health and Social Development says that just one 75-gram dose of glucose while on a high fat, low carbohydrate diet can lead to damaged blood vessels.

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Lee Hannigan
Alumnus Lee Hannigan.

Unwinding reel: Lee Hannigan's story

A long reel of tape threads an academic path for alumnus Lee Hannigan, from UBCO undergrad summer job to award-winning doctoral student.

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Joni Frei coaching one of her athletes

New UBC Okanagan softball team to be coached by Joni Frei

UBC Okanagan will have a new competitive club take to the field this fall as softball gets set to debut in September under the coaching leadership of Joni Frei.

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Clayton Pottinger. Photo credit: CCAA
Clayton Pottinger. Photo credit: CCAA

Clayton Pottinger named head coach for Heat men's basketball

An exciting new era is about to begin for the UBCO Heat men's basketball program

Clayton Pottinger has been named the new head coach of the men's basketball program.

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An overhead view of the new mural on University Way created by BFA students.
An overhead view of the new mural on University Way created by BFA students.

Visual Art students transform University Way into a temporary mural

Students from an advanced drawing class in the BFA program have been working all year on a mural design to transform University Way into an experimental public art piece.

These students, led by Visual Arts Associate Professor Aleksandra Dulic and Teaching Assistant Emerald Holt, came up with the idea to convert the road into a locally situated, yet imaginative river.

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BFA student Sarah Polak working in her studio preparing for the exhibition.
BFA student Sarah Polak working in her studio preparing for the exhibition.

Strangely Familiar: the 2019 BFA graduation exhibition

Visual arts students at UBC Okanagan host their annual graduation art exhibition from April 11 to 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with a reception on April 18 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The show takes place inside the Creative and Critical Studies building, which will be transformed into an exhibition space. It will showcase a range of the best works created by twenty graduating students.

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Heat awards banquet emcees Sophia Furlan and Denham O'Reilly.
Heat awards banquet emcees Sophia Furlan and Denham O'Reilly.

11th annual Heat awards ceremony and banquet

It was a basketball sweep for the outstanding athlete of the year at the annual UBC Okanagan Heat awards banquet on March 27.

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Pony Cabaret returns

Fundraising event showcases west-coast Canadian talent

Now in its fourth year, the Pony Cabaret returns with a stellar line-up of local and west coast talent. Hosted by Miss Cookie LaWhore, Pony showcases performers across a variety of disciplines.

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