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May 1, 2019

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Shaping UBC Okanagan’s future

In Professor Ono's latest blog post, he talks about the next 20 years of transformation for UBC in the Okanagan.

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May 3: Big Data Event

COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT HOSTS FREE FULL-DAY WORKSHOP

Faculty and staff with an interest in machine learning, artificial intelligence, text analysis, software analytics and data science are invited to attend a free workshop on May 3.

Online registration has closed, but you can still register by emailing Lindsay Howe at lindsay.howe@ubc.ca.

To find out more, visit: 2019bigdataubco.eventbrite.com


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May 9 to 12: Destination UBC returns

Student Recruitment and Advising is pleased to be hosting another Destination UBC event at UBC Okanagan from May 9 to 12.

Beginning with an extra day of programming for Aboriginal students on Thursday and concluding midday Sunday, the event is expected to host approximately 400 travellers.

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Thursdays: Enhanced CWL drop-in training sessions

Starting May 2, IT, Media and Classroom Services will be providing weekly drop-in sessions on Thursday afternoons in ADM 013.

At the sessions you can ask questions or get help registering for Enhanced CWL. Faculty and staff can also ask for support at the IT Helpdesk during regular office hours.

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


An arrow-leaved balsamroot plant, the Okanagan's native 'sunflower'.
An arrow-leaved balsamroot plant, the Okanagan's native 'sunflower'.

Gardening Club takes root for the season

The UBCO Gardening Club has taken nature walks, hosted faculty and community speakers, and helped plant gardens around campus. Now the club is coming out of hibernation for another season.

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July 4 and 5: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Inclusive Education and Leadership workshop

The Okanagan School of Education is hosting a two-day summer program on July 4 and 5 called Safe is Not Enough: SOGI Education and Leadership.

The session will provide you with a deeper understanding of the spectrums of sexual orientation and gender identity as well as explore inclusive approaches to education that helps recognize systemic discriminations towards sexual and gender minorities.

To register and find out more, visit: education.ok.ubc.ca/programs/sie


Complete the Integrated Renewal Program readiness survey by May 15

UBC has embarked on a project to transform its HR, finance and student systems and processes. Help inform UBC’s decision-making around how we manage this change by taking the Integrated Renewal Program readiness survey.

To get started, visit: survey.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Npo2o2ai1v7UjP


May 28: Understanding mental health challenges

Understanding mental health challenges can be difficult. Knowing how to interact with someone who might be in a mental health crisis can be even more challenging.

This video conference on May 28 will help increase your mental health literacy while providing tools and skills to respond in a caring and respectful way.

To register or find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/2019/04/16/understanding-mental-health-challenges


June 13 and 20: Crucial Conversations two-day workshop

Crucial Conversations is an internationally recognized course that creates alignment and agreement between parties by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional and risky topics.

Learn more at this two-day workshop on June 13 and 20. To register or find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/events/crucialconversations


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UBC Okanagan engineers make injectable tissues a reality

New device encases delicate cells into protective microgels

A simple injection that can help regrow damaged tissue has long been the dream of physicians and patients alike.

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These events are a chance for admitted students to receive an early welcome to the University of British Columbia, and to meet representatives from a variety of faculties and departments.

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