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2020 Golden Apple Awards winners announced

Congratulations to the 20 faculty members who are recognized in the fourth annual Golden Apple Awards.

The Golden Apple Awards are a student-led initiative to acknowledge educators that are supporting wellbeing in the academic environment.

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How to stay motivated while working from home

we are all experiencing a number of changes to our lives and daily routines during the COVID-19 outbreak

With many faculty and staff working remotely, students studying online, and physical distancing measures keeping us in our homes, UBCO Health and Wellness counsellors offered some guidance on how to stay productive in our newfound workspaces.

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Seven ways to stay socially connected during isolation

As we do our part to flatten the curve by practicing physical distancing, we also need to find new ways to connect socially.

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Keep moving at home

Working from home doesn't have to equal sedentary behaviour

UBC Recreation is offering a number of ways to thrive from the comfort of your own space, and small changes can make a big difference.

Follow UBC Okanagan Recreation on Instagram for fun fitness tips during physical distancing. You can also participate in free virtual classes each week.

And check out recreation.ubc.ca/active-at-home for more tips and resources to keep active in your own space.


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Is your community partnership feeling the impact of COVID-19?

The Partnership Recognition Fund offers up to $1,500 for community groups working in partnership with UBC students, faculty or staff. Proposals focused on sustaining partnerships or adapting projects during COVID-19 are welcome, as are other types of applications. 

Learn more and submit a low-barrier online application by June 5 at: communityengagement.ubc.ca/scholarly-resources/fund


Maintenance Technicians Jeff Vogt and Matt Litzenberger carrying out essential electrical work at UBCO.
Maintenance Technicians Jeff Vogt and Matt Litzenberger carrying out essential electrical work at UBCO.

Recognizing those still working on campus

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the majority of faculty and staff are working from home right now. But for those still working on campus, the low occupancy doesn’t mean things got easier.

In this series, teams like Facilities Management, Health, Safety & Environment and Campus Security show how they carry out most of their day-to-day work on campus when working remotely isn’t an option.

Read part one... | Read part two...


Experience arts and culture from home

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies provides an environment within which students, faculty, staff and the larger public can engage one another as a vibrant intellectual community that can interact in a variety of ways.

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University of Exeter and UBC Okanagan joint funding awarded

The University of Exeter and UBC Okanagan recently awarded fellowship and project grants to further develop collaboration between researchers at both institutions.

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May 13 and 27: Home office ergonomics webinar

Ergo your home office

This one-hour webinar will look at solutions and improvements you can make to your home office, including how common household items can be used for your home office ergonomics.

To register or find out more, visit: wpl.ubc.ca/browse/wellbeing/ergonomics/courses/home-office-ergo


COVID-19 planning update

Last week, a UBC Broadcast was sent out confirming the continuation of Remote Work Arrangements until further notice, in keeping with provincial guidelines.

For post-secondary institutions within BC, the factors affecting budget planning are not yet determined and this is true for UBC.

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Extension of Remote Work Arrangements and on-campus research curtailment

In keeping with the direction from Dr. Bonnie Henry that the requirement for physical distancing remains in place, UBC is extending Remote Work Arrangements and on-campus research curtailment.

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Status of Summer Term 2

In light of the ongoing situation, and in continued support of physical distancing, UBC has announced that Summer Term 2 courses (July 6 – Aug. 13) at UBC Vancouver, UBC Okanagan and UBC Robson Square will also be online.

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Additional changes to building access

Starting last Wednesday (April 29), all campus buildings had additional access restrictions in place (SALTO secure access only on exterior doors), with the exception of five campus buildings.

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Current staff postings

UBC Stories
FCCS Dean Bryce Traister.
FCCS Dean Bryce Traister.

One-on-one with Bryce Traister

Bryce Traister has been at the helm of UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) since the summer of 2017. Although he was born and raised in California, Bryce has spent most of his academic career in Canada, and his roots at UBC run deep.

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SMP student Brian Hayes helps a local physician by watching her 18-month-old daughter Mika.
SMP student Brian Hayes helps a local physician by watching her 18-month-old daughter Mika.

UBC medical students volunteer to support front-line physicians

Students aim to ease pressure through personal assistance, childcare, and remote-patient support

Southern Medical Program students based at UBC Okanagan are assisting front-line physicians in the battle against COVID-19 in the BC Interior.

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UBCO’s Cortnee Chulo wears a prototype 3D-printed face shield.
UBCO’s Cortnee Chulo wears a prototype 3D-printed face shield.

UBCO teams up with community partners to design medical PPE

3D printed face shields approved for use with the Interior Health Authority

With an increased demand for medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 outbreak, the School of Engineering and makerspaceUBCO have partnered with the Okanagan Regional Library and the Interior Health Authority to design and produce 3D printed, medical-grade face shields for front-line health care workers.

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UBCO School of Education experts provide tips to help parents cope and children thrive.
School of Education experts provide tips to help parents cope and children thrive.

UBCO education professors offer tips for at-home learning

Experts offer guidelines to support children’s learning during school closures

With schools closed indefinitely across BC, parents and children are adapting to a new way of learning. While there are plenty of online resources available, including those provided by school districts and the province, experts with the School of Education offer basic tips for parents and caregivers.

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Members of the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn dictionary team record fluent speaker, Emmeline Felix. Image credit: Aaron Leon.
Members of the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn dictionary team record fluent speaker, Emmeline Felix. Image credit: Aaron Leon.

Decolonizing dictionaries as tools for Indigenous language reclamation

For endangered and Indigenous languages, dictionaries are valuable resources that contain understandings beyond the meaning of words

The Relational Lexicography project connects UBC researchers with the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn to better understand how dictionaries of Indigenous and under-resourced languages are created and used by communities and scholars alike.

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Associate Professor Jonathan Little discusses how just the right amount of exercise can help build immunity.
Associate Professor Jonathan Little discusses how just the right amount of exercise can help build immunity.

Can exercise boost your immune system? Yes, but in moderation

Health and Exercise Sciences professor provides exercise guidelines during COVID-19

By now, everyone has read some guidelines on how to stay healthy while living with the COVID-19 stay-at-home policy. Tips include keeping a routine, eating well, not staying up too late and getting exercise regularly.

But how much exercise? And is there such a thing as too much exercise?

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Jennifer Jakobi, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.
Jennifer Jakobi, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

UBCO professor encourages seniors to pick up weights to combat frailty

Health and Exercise Sciences research shows strength training is effective

A recent study from UBCO professor Jenn Jakobi shows that strength training with free-weights that progresses in intensity is effective in combating declining health often observed with adult aging.

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MDS student and medical doctor Ngan Nguyen Lyle.
MDS student and medical doctor Ngan Nguyen Lyle.

From student to healthcare hero

UBCO student drops the books, dons medical gear amid COVID-19 outbreak

Ngan Nguyen Lyle was studying for an upcoming data science quiz when she got the call.

Lyle, a Master of Data Science (MDS) student at UBC Okanagan and medical doctor, was being summoned to return to work to support Interior Health’s COVID-19 response team.

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