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june 19, 2019

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For a very successful convocation

The Ceremonies and Events office would like to thank all volunteers and colleagues who helped make the 2019 convocation ceremonies such a success.

Graduation couldn't have happened without all of you.


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July 17: Nominations due for this year's Staff Awards of Excellence

IT'S TIME TO NOMINATE SOMEONE GREAT

The Staff Awards of Excellence celebrate the individuals responsible for outstanding contributions to our campus community.

If you know someone who is making a positive impact in the workplace, nominate them for a Staff Award of Excellence by July 17, 2019.

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July 31: Opera Under the Stars

Set in our picturesque central courtyard, the fifth annual Opera Under the Stars offers the world-class voices of Opera Kelowna, who will delight the audience with favourite opera selections and more.

The concert takes place July 31 at 8:30 p.m. and is free to attend.

To register or find out more, visit: www.operakelowna.com/2019-opera-under-the-stars


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Sept. 3: Create Showcase

Showcase is a great opportunity to share your message with the 2,500 new-to-UBC students

The annual Showcase event that happens the afternoon of Create New Student Orientation is being held on September 3 and the deadline to apply is July 31.

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LinkedIn Learning now available

UBC's Lynda.com subscription for faculty and staff has being upgraded to the newly-named online learning platform, LinkedIn Learning.

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UBC Partnership Recognition Fund now accepting applications

Designed to help fill small-resource gaps and acknowledge the contributions of community partners, the Partnership Recognition Fund offers low-barrier funding of up to $1,500 to not-for-profits working in partnership with UBC students, faculty or staff.

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UBCO reduces carbon footprint

In 2018, UBC Okanagan reduced its operational carbon emissions by 29 per cent, which is the equivalent of taking nearly 200 cars off the road for one year.

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July 1: Applications for Managing@UBC program open

This nine-month program, September to May, has been designed to challenge leaders at all levels to be their very best.

This program is based on a model that starts with the idea that the act of managing requires an understanding of both management and leadership. Applications close on August 9, 2019.

To apply or find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/learning/managing


July 9: Stepping Up To Supervision workshop

For New and Prospective Supervisors

Making the transition from employee to supervisor is a shift that can be challenging.

This session is an opportunity for participants to consider what moving to a supervisory role means and will use real examples from participant experiences.

To register or find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/events/stepping-up-to-supervision


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UBC Stories
Ryan Hoiland has spent the past few years conducting research with UBCO's Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health.
Ryan Hoiland has spent the past few years conducting research with the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health.

Gold medal win for FHSD student who went to great heights for his research

Governor General's Gold Medal awarded for top academic achievement

Ryan Hoiland, who has literally climbed mountains to conduct his research, has reached the peak of his university career by winning a top academic recognition.

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Gabriel Dix was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation at this year's UBC Okanagan Convocation.
Gabriel Dix was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation at this year's graduation.

Lieutenant Governor Medal winner says 'trying harder' made the difference

Being a top student in high school not always a priority for Gabriel Dix

Gabriel Dix, winner of one of the top academic awards at this year's convocation, admits there is a slightly ironic twist to his accomplishment.

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UBCO graduate Kathleen Cusmano and her dog Haven will cross the stage together during the 4 p.m. ceremony Thursday, June 6.
UBCO graduate Kathleen Cusmano and her dog Haven crossed the stage together during the 4 p.m. ceremony on June 6.

Defying the odds

Two vision-impaired UBCO students didn't let ‘no' get in the way of their degrees

Two students who have the extra challenge of being sight-impaired crossed the stage at UBC Okanagan’s convocation ceremony on June 6 to receive their Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology.

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Celine Edwards is this year's Pushor Mitchell LLP Gold Medal Leadership Prize winner.

Barber School student award goes to cancer researcher and rural health care advocate

Near-perfect grades, volunteerism and desire to help others leads to Pushor Mitchell recognition

It's been a dream of Celine Edwards for as long as she can remember—to attend medical school at UBC and improve healthcare delivery for rural populations.

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At the construction site, from left, UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard, UBC Students' Union Okanagan Vice-President Campus Life Ali Poostizadeh and Vice-President Services Taylor Dotto joined the Hon. Melanie Mark, BC Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
At the construction site, from left, UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard, UBC Students' Union Okanagan Vice-President Campus Life Ali Poostizadeh and Vice-President Services Taylor Dotto joined the Hon. Melanie Mark, BC Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

New student beds help UBC Okanagan students focus on studies

Funding provided through the BC Student Housing Loan Program was announced Monday for the Skeena student residence, a 220-unit affordable student housing project at UBC Okanagan.

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Mohammad Arjmand, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials and Polymer Engineering.
Mohammad Arjmand, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials and Polymer Engineering.

School of Engineering welcomes first Canada Research Chair

Bridging interdisciplinary science and composite research, Mohammad Arjmand explores innovations in multifunctional polymer nanocomposites as the first Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) at the School of Engineering.

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Mary Jung, associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.
Mary Jung, associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

In the field

A place you can go

Small Steps for Big Changes is a three-week lifestyle-counselling program delivered by UBC Okanagan students and researchers at the Kelowna YMCA. The program helps people make lasting dietary and exercise changes to lower their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Expert Q&A: Economics and its gender problem

Barber School professor says the discipline needs more women

When Assistant Professor of Economics Mohsen Javdani embarked on a recent research project, his main goal was to study the influence of ideological bias among economists.

In what he describes as an important by-product of the research, he not only discovered a stark difference between male and female economists in their ideological biases, but also in their perception and concerns regarding the gender gap in economics.

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School of Education hosts sexual orientation and gender identity course

Two-day leadership session open to everyone

Organized by the School of Education's Summer Institute, the two-day session—called Safe is Not Enough—is open to everyone.

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UBCO presents leading pediatrician to discuss diabetes

Leadership, prevention and health of children topic of keynote address

A recent Canadian study found that 95 per cent of children newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are obese. Dr. Tom Warshawski of the Childhood Obesity Foundation has made it his life's work to stop this concerning trend.

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