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Nov. 6, 2019

Events

November 7
United Way FCCS Bake Sale

November 7
Pit Stop: Athletics and Recreation

November 7
Supporting Physical Activity for Indigenous Peoples

November 7
FCCS United Way Campaign Bake Sale

November 7
Is Higher Education Part of the ‘Basic Structure’ of Open Societies?

November 7
PINTS Speaker Series: Christopher Martin

November 8
United Way Wine Survivor participation deadline

November 8
Cannabis legalization and young adults

November 8
UBCO Heat women’s basketball vs TRU WolfPack

November 8
UBCO Heat men’s basketball vs TRU WolfPack

November 9
UBCO Heat women’s basketball vs the TRU WolfPack

November 9
UBCO Heat men’s basketball vs the TRU WolfPack

November 14
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Esraa Ali Jamal

November 14
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Iman Aghanejad

November 14
MSc Oral Defense: Nicole Bamber

November 14
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Carmela White

November 15
UBCO Heat women’s volleyball vs Saskatchewan Huskies

November 15
UBCO Heat men’s volleyball vs the Saskatchewan Huskies

November 16
UBCO Heat women’s volleyball vs Saskatchewan Huskies

November 16
UBCO Heat men’s volleyball vs Saskatchewan Huskies

November 18
Research in Support of Emancipatory Agendas: the Questions and Challenges

November 18
FCCS Visiting Artists Lecture Series: Nicholas Galanin

November 18
Five@50 Queer Film Screening

November 19
MASc Oral Defense: Nazila Shamloo

November 20
On-Campus Blood Donor Clinic

November 21
Living the Curriculum from the Inside Out with Kim Ondrik

November 21
IWC Public Reading Series

November 25
United Way Bake Sale

November 29
United Way Pit Stop

Workshops

November 6
Writing the Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Application

November 6
Writing Grad School Applications

November 7
Writing a Lay Summary

November 7
Writing Grad School Applications

November 7
Procedural Fairness 101

November 12
MD Admissions Info Session

November 13
PowerConcepts: Outlook Strategic Management

November 14
Copyright for Thesis Writing

November 19
Open Science and Reproducible Research

November 21
Writing the Master’s Scholarship Application Tutorial

November 21
Drop-In Session for the Open Science and Reproducible Research Workshop

November 21
SMP Teacher Certificate Program

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

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UBC Remembers

Tomorrow: Remembrance Day service begins at 10:45 a.m.

The UBC Okanagan Remembrance Day service will be held tomorrow in the campus courtyard by the flagpoles. Everyone is welcome to attend this annual ceremony.

The ceremony commences at 10:45 a.m. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony in the Arts building foyer.

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Celebrating 10 years of Thrive

This November faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in workshops, lectures and activities that focus on building positive mental health.

Attend the Thrive Expo on November 19 to find your path to wellness, and be sure to explore the event calendar to participate in other Thrive events happening all month long.

To find out more, visit: thrive.ubc.ca


A number of UBCO faculty and staff were honoured a special length of service reception recently.
A number of UBCO faculty and staff were honoured a special length of service reception recently.

UBCO marks length of service milestones for faculty and staff

Employees recognized for 15 to 45 years of service

Faculty and staff who have worked for the university from 15 to 45 years of service were congratulated at a Length of Service Recognition reception held in late October.

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From left: Jonathan Holzman (2019 Killam Teaching Prize winner) Sally Willis-Stewart and Andis Klegeris (2019 Teaching Excellence & Innovation Awards winners).
From left: Jonathan Holzman (2019 Killam Teaching Prize winner) Sally Willis-Stewart and Andis Klegeris (2019 Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awards winners).

Call for nominations: 2020 Teaching Excellence Award and Killam Teaching Prize

Nominations are now open for the annual Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award and the Killam Teaching Prize.

As one of the six Killam institutions, UBC offers an annual Killam Teaching Prize to faculty in recognition of excellence in teaching.

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Share your experience: Take the 2019 WES Pulse

What's your experience working at UBC?

Share your confidential feedback in the 2019 Workplace Experiences Survey (WES) Pulse. The pulse is a shorter version of the full survey – it’ll take less than five minutes to complete and is open from November 12 to 25.

To find out more, visit: ubc.ca/wes


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Until Dec. 2: United Way 50-50 draw

Together, we can help provide people in our local community with the support they need to succeed.

Help support the UBC Okanagan United Way campaign and enter for a chance to win half of all proceeds from the draw on December 2.

To enter or find out more, visit: events.eply.com/UBCUnitedWay5050Raffle3114708


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Nov. 26: Award-winning educators share innovative practices

Education's changing landscape offers new opportunities for teaching and learning

Meet award-winning educators as they talk about how they support creative and critical approaches aimed at empowering their students, their colleagues and those passionate about education.

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Nov. 14 to 29: Take back the tap

From November 14 to 29, UBC Wellbeing encourages students, staff and faculty to increase their consumption of tap water through a project called UBC Drinks Tap Water.

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Nov. 14: From Awareness to Action to Innovation

A RECEPTION AND LIVESTREAM KEYNOTE ABOUT EMPOWERING LEADERS THROUGH INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

On November 14, join the Provost for a community reception to connect with colleagues and help celebrate the diversity of the UBC Okanagan community.

Following the reception there will be a livestream keynote featuring Damon A Williams, scholar and leader working to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education.

To RSVP or find out more, visit: provost.ok.ubc.ca/events


Nov. 14: Ken Steele delivering two talks on campus

The DVC office is welcoming postsecondary education trends expert Ken Steele on November 14, who will be delivering two talks open to all faculty and staff on themes increasingly prevalent in the academic environment.

  • Enhancing student success and the student experience
    9 to 11 a.m. | room RHS 260
  • Academic evolution: Future directions in university programs and credentials
    1:30 to 3:30 p.m. | room RHS 260

To RSVP and find out more, visit: dvc.ok.ubc.ca/events


Nov. 16: School of Engineering Open House

demonstrations, lab tours, informative presentations and club showcases

On November 16, learn more about the engineering program at UBC Okanagan. The event will be an interactive and engaging display of the finest aspects of the School of Engineering.

To RSVP or find out more, visit: engineering.ok.ubc.ca/open-house


Nov. 18: Kelowna Council meeting at UBCO

Kelowna City Council will hold an evening meeting at UBC Okanagan on November 18. This is the first time Kelowna Council has convened a regular meeting away from City Hall, and is an opportunity for the campus community to see local government decision-making in action.

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this open public meeting starting at 6 p.m. in the University Theatre ADM 026.

An agenda for the meeting will be posted closer to the meeting date at: www.kelowna.ca/city-hall/council/council-meetings-public-hearings


Nov. 28: Team building skills for people who lead people

An interactive and thought-provoking workshop for all who lead teams and committees

The session is rooted in real-world situations, with opportunities to examine your role as a motivator and coach in building positive team relationships.

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


Personal profile readers needed: help admit the 2020 incoming class

ALL IT TAKES IS AN HOUR OR TWO PER WEEK. THE TIME COMMITMENT IS UP TO YOU.

Volunteer personal profile readers are critical to the undergraduate admission process and shaping our community of students. The time commitment is flexible, and reading can be counted toward university service hours for faculty members.

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Find out more about the Work Study program in November

For faculty and staff needing an extra set of hands on campus, wage subsidies are available through the Work Study program.

Attend an info session to learn more. Sessions are taking place today as well as November 12, 21 and 25.

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UBC Stories
THE ARCTIC IS THAWING. THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE IS CHANGING.

In the field: Arctic insights

How is shipping increased traffic and growing development impacting Arctic wildlife and their environment? And how will Arctic communities plan for change?

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Planets and Stars: New Worlds and New Life

Thank you to those who attended the Oct. 1 Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Speaker Series talk with astrophysicist Lucianne Walkowicz.

Before the event, Walkowicz was asked some big questions about the universe. Hear what she had to say: youtu.be/KLCeYDzBK3k


Detangling spooky spider myths

UBCO lecturer shares his enthusiasm for all things arachnid

While living, breathing spiders may cause spine-tingling shivers for some, Barber School spider expert Matt Nelson says that this fear is misplaced.

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UBCO Executive Chef Shelley Robinson is a big fan of pumpkins and their versatility in the kitchen.
UBCO Executive Chef Shelley Robinson is a big fan of pumpkins and their versatility in the kitchen.

UBCO executive chef explains why pumpkins are truly great

The orange, edible squash adds nutrition to side dishes, soups and breads

UBC Okanagan’s Executive Chef Shelley Robinson joined the campus community earlier this year. With Halloween just around the corner, she talks about pumpkins and explains that there’s more to the jack-o-lantern that meets the eye.

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A Queer Century comes to UBC Okanagan

Opening November 13, the UBC Okanagan Library is hosting the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections exhibition, “A Queer Century, 1869-1969.”

The exhibit will be located in the Okanagan Special Collections space on the lower floor of the Commons building and run until the end of December.

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It was this understanding of the essential role involved communities must play in spinal cord research that ‘hooked' Chris McBride and Heather Gainforth 

You had me at "how can I help?"

Like many modern relationships, Heather Gainforth and Chris McBride met online. In their case it is a research relationship built on a shared desire to improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injury.

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Students Breanne B. and Milraela K. chose to take the bus to campus during the challenge.
Students Breanne Bergvinson and Milraela Klassen chose to take the bus to campus during the challenge.

UBCO’s first Campus Commuter Challenge a success

Earlier this fall, UBC Okanagan students, faculty and staff competed in the Campus Commuter Challenge. This national event encouraged commuting by choosing alternative, active modes of transportation, including transit, walking, cycling, carpooling and telecommuting.

By sustainably commuting, nearly 300 participants avoided the release 7,120 kg of carbon emissions into the atmosphere – the equivalent of 1.5 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

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