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Events

Apr 17
MFA Oral Defense: Victoria Alvarez

Apr 18
MASc Oral Defense: Levi Lafortune

Apr 23
MSc Oral Defense: Isabelle Therriault

Apr 24
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Keith Duhaime

Apr 25
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Michael Tymko

Apr 25
Film Series: Welcome to the Anthropocene

Apr 26
MSc Oral Defense: Bryson Sjodin

Apr 26
MSc Oral Defense: Tirhas Gebretsadikan

Apr 26
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Chad Davis

Apr 26
FCCS Pit Stop

Apr 26
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Shelley Cook

Apr 26
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Jeannette Angel

Apr 29
4th Annual Student Okanagan Film Festival

Apr 30
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Jonathan Laumer

Workshops

Apr 23
PowerConcepts: Microsoft Office Core Level 2

Apr 23
PowerConcepts: Word Core

Apr 23
Copyright for Thesis Writing

Apr 24
PowerConcepts: Excel Core

Apr 24
Thesis Formatting

Apr 26
PowerConcepts: Microsoft Publisher

Apr 29
PowerConcepts: Faculty Pension Plan Workshop

May 2
Data Bootcamp

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

Workshops

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Employee News
Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility and Kelowna—Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr are surrounded by UBC Okanagan researchers as they cut the ribbon at the official building opening.
Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility and Kelowna—Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr are surrounded by UBC Okanagan researchers as they cut the ribbon at the official building opening.

UBC Okanagan opens new community-engaged research space

Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility attends ceremony

Research for those living with chronic disease, physical disability and obesity is set to get a boost with the opening of two new community-focused research spaces at UBC Okanagan.

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Top 10 highlights of 2018/19

As students pack their belongings and finalize summer plans, University Relations couldn’t help but feel a bit nostalgic about the most recent academic year.

View a list of highlights from the past year at: ok.ubc.ca/top-10-highlights-of-2018-2019


Added protection now required for all CWL accounts

To keep personal information at UBC secure, faculty and staff are asked to update their Campus-Wide Login (CWL) account to an Enhanced CWL account by May 31, 2019. This update features an additional layer of protection with multi-factor authentication.

To find out more, visit: privacymatters.ubc.ca/enhancedcwl


Graphic for graduation

Volunteers needed for Convocation

On June 6 and 7 more than 1,500 students will walk across the stage to receive their degree in front of family and friends. It will be one of their proudest achievements and a day they will remember for a lifetime.

Ceremonies & Events and alumni UBC are teaming up to help make the 2019 Convocation ceremonies a memorable occasion for graduates and their families. Numerous volunteer roles are available for alumni, faculty and staff members.

If you are interested in volunteering for convocation, complete this form by May 17.


A photo of the campus artificial retention pond.

Campus pond undergoing maintenance

In order to restore the capacity of UBC Okanagan's artificial retention pond and to extend its operating time, Facilities Management is undertaking an expanded clean-up initiative this summer.

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Reminder: Don't forget to register for Staff and Faculty Sports Day

STAFF AND FACULTY SPORTS DAY RETURNS MAY 3

This is a free event for all staff and faculty members, grad students and alumni. Enjoy teamwork games. Challenge your colleagues. Register by May 2.

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Ombuds Officer Cindy Leonard.
Ombuds Officer Cindy Leonard.

UBC Okanagan names new Ombuds Officer for students

The Ombuds Office is excited to welcome Cindy Leonard to UBC Okanagan.

Leonard -- a long-serving French as a second language educator -- is the new Okanagan campus Ombuds Officer.

Ombuds Officers works with UBC community members to ensure students are treated fairly and can learn, work and live in a fair, equitable and respectful environment. 

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Length of Service Awards being re-imagined

The Length of Service Awards is one way in which the university recognizes the commitment of UBCO faculty and staff who are critical to the success and growth of the university.

In the past, recognition of service length has been for 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service. This is changing to also recognize employees with 15 and 20 years of service.

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Survey now open: Conferences and Accommodation services

Conferences and Accommodation is gearing up for the start of a new summer season. To get things started, the department is reaching out to faculty and staff to provide feedback about how it serves the campus community.

All results are confidential. To get started, visit: ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_42TPG6oJrYapiRf


30-day online group mindfulness challenge on now

This free, innovative, evidence-based training is for all UBC faculty and staff looking to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace and their everyday lives. Content is delivered online via any device, and focuses on simple yet powerful learning objectives.

Just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days will help participants be healthier, more productive and better able to problem-solve and work as a team.

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Reminder: Get your Staff Pension Plan questions answered on May 9

Thinking about retirement? Have questions about your pension benefits?

Spaces are still available for the Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan session on May 9. It will be led by Pension Administrator Margaret Leathley.

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


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UBC Stories

UBC researchers say eggs for breakfast benefits those with diabetes

Low-carb breakfast improves control of blood glucose levels

While some cereals may be the breakfast of champions, a UBC professor suggests people with Type 2 diabetes should be reaching for something else.

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Photo of student face-painting with children

Acts of kindness

From mopping floors and baking cookies, to mucking out horse stalls, students lend a hand to local non-profits and find satisfaction through UBC’s Community Service Learning program.

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As spring arrives, forecasters watch the snowpack and the amount of rain to predict what the potential for flooding might be.
As spring arrives, forecasters watch the snowpack and the amount of rain to predict what the potential for flooding might be.

Expert Q&A: Floods, fires and the Okanagan Valley

Barber School professor examines this year’s flood risk in the Okanagan

The last two spring and summer seasons had their share of environmental challenges. With wet springs followed by smoky summers seemingly becoming the norm, Barber School Associate Professor David Scott provides his opinion on what’s in store for 2019.

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Research shows that changing the deadline for donations closer to tax time can increase donations.
Research shows that changing the deadline for donations closer to tax time can increase donations.

Time is money, especially when it comes to giving

Study finds people are more charitable if allowed to claim donations sooner

Would you be more likely to donate to charity if you could report the gift sooner on your taxes? According to a new article published by Barber School Associate Professor Ross Hickey, the answer is yes.

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Host Pat Kennedy listens while Dr. Meghan Grant explains the up and down journey she endured on her way to becoming a gold medal cyclist for Canada.
Host Pat Kennedy listens while Dr. Meghan Grant explains the up and down journey she endured on her way to becoming a gold medal cyclist for Canada.

Gold-medal cyclist shares stories of tragedies and triumph

Meghan Grant inspires audience at UBCO Athletic Scholarship Breakfast

Anybody who has ever endured a miss-step or a bit of bad luck could have taken away a message of encouragement from Canadian cyclist Meghan Grant on April 5.

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Alex Monaghan, a second-year Southern Medical Program student, says a recently new surgical guideline has reduced re-operation rates breast cancer patients.
Alex Monaghan, a second-year Southern Medical Program student, says a new surgical guideline has reduced re-operation rates breast cancer patients.

New guideline decreases breast cancer re-operation rates

Patients can avoid added stress and potential surgical complications

A Southern Medical Program student has determined that a new surgical guideline is making a difference for breast cancer patients.

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UBC Okanagan student Sarah Polak works in her studio preparing for the upcoming Bachelor of Fine Arts grad exhibition.
BFA student Sarah Polak works in her studio preparing for the Bachelor of Fine Arts grad exhibition.

Strangely Familiar: Graduating UBC Okanagan students host exhibition

Original works of art presented by graduating artists

Visual Arts students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program host their annual graduation art exhibition this month.

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UBC research recommends graduated return to work after prostatectomy

Worker identity of being strong, providing for families should be redefined

New School of Nursing research cautions men recovering from a radical prostatectomy to take it easy when returning to work.

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Okanagan Short Story Contest winners to be announced April 25

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Okanagan Short Story Contest on April 25.

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ubco.tv spotlight

  • Match Day 2019
    Celebrate with the students of the Southern Medical Program on Canadian Resident Matching Service Day 2019.
  • Heat Athletic Scholarship Breakfast
    Student-athletes, sponsors and the UBCO community gathered for the 14th annual UBCO Heat Athletic Scholarship Breakfast.

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