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may 20, 2020

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2020 Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal's Spring Update Town Hall

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal’s Town Hall on May 14, 2020, provided an annual spring update for faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan via Zoom.

Topics included how UBC Okanagan has made major changes in a short time during the global COVID-19 outbreak and is adapting to new ways of doing things.

View the town hall at: youtu.be/lUy-XM7vpnw


May 21: Provost's Town Hall

Join Prof. Ananya Mukherjee Reed, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, for a town hall from 1 to 3 p.m. this Thursday, May 21.

In this Zoom town hall format, the Provost's opening remarks will be followed by updates from leaders from Library and Learning Services, Student Services and a panel Q&A.

Register online:
ubc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_beA8b59xQkuRP8dAYdde2g


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Teaching excellence celebrated

Every year the Provost recognizes exemplary role models who have, and will continue to, make a significant impact on the culture of teaching and learning at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:


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June 17: UBC Celebrates Together

After years of hard work and dedication, class of 2020 alumni have earned their UBC credentials. To help celebrate this milestone together from home, alumni UBC presents a global broadcast celebration to follow the virtual graduation events on June 17.

This 15-minute online event will feature special messages for the class of 2020 by UBC speakers, volunteers and alumni, and a living room performance by Juno award-winning artist Bahamas.

Stay tuned for more details, or contact melissa.mchugh@ubc.ca for more information.

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UBC upgrading to improved malware protection

Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) is now the recommended and preferred anti-virus solution for all computers at UBC.

The process to update Windows and Mac computers provided and supported by UBC IT Okanagan has already started. These will automatically be upgraded to AMP and it will be an invisible and seamless process in most cases.

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Above: Shelley (far right) and a guest being served by Jodie (far left) in UBCO Food Services.
Above: Shelley (far right) and a guest being served by Jodie (far left) in UBCO Food Services.

Hot meals on campus haven’t gone cold during the COVID-19 outbreak

Recognizing those still working on campus

Back in March, UBCV and UBCO Food Services closed most of the food outlets on campus as a result of COVID-19. The few that remained open have been serving as an important lifeline for the UBC community still living, working and studying on campus.

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Teaching remotely resources

communication, flexibility and compassion

Teaching online can be as engaging, interactive, and effective as face-to-face classes when course instructors have time to design and prepare their lessons.

Teaching remotely resources are available at ctl.ok.ubc.ca/teaching-remotely and keepteaching.ubc.ca.  


May 20 and 27: Workplace psychological health and safety

Supporting Mental Health Remotely

A psychologically healthy and safe workplace is one that promotes employees’ psychological well-being and actively works to prevent harm to employee psychological health.

This webinar explores opportunities to both learn and improve psychological health and safety in your teams.

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Now open: Proposals for UBC CIC program

Faculty and staff are invited to submit project proposals for UBC’s Community Health and Well-being Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) project, powered by Amazon Web Services. UBC’s CIC is the first of its kind in Canada.

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Zoom tips for more secure meetings

Zoom is a great tool for faculty and staff, but it’s important to keep a few best practices in mind to prevent 'zoom bombings' and other unwanted activity from interrupting meetings.

  • Avoid sharing meeting links on social media or anywhere public. When you share your meeting link on social media or other public forums, that makes your event extremely public. 
  • Manage screen sharing. To prevent people from sharing unwanted images, restrict sharing to the host.
  • Introduce a waiting room. One of the best ways to use Zoom for public events is to enable the waiting room. 
  • Lock the meeting. Once all participants have arrived, lock the meeting to prevent uninvited guests.

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UBC Stories
With gyms, recreation centres and sports programs closed due to COVID-19, people living with disabilities are looking for creative ways to stay active at home.
With gyms, recreation centres and sports programs closed due to COVID-19, people living with disabilities are looking for creative ways to stay active at home.

Researchers team up to support people with disabilities

UBCO, Queen’s University, offer virtual, at-home physical activity program

For many people, staying active during COVID-19 isolation can be a struggle. More so for people living with disabilities, says School of Health and Exercise Sciences Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis.

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Katrina Plamondon, assistant professor in UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing.
Katrina Plamondon, assistant professor in the School of Nursing.

UBCO researcher says equity is key to global health

The COVID-19 outbreak creates a clear image of unbalanced, unfair societies

A School of Nursing researcher says the COVID-19 outbreak provides a distinct example of how different populations are differentially affected by health issues.

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UBCO fine arts graduate Sara Spencer works on a video while creating her art instalment for the graduate student virtual exhibition.
UBCO fine arts graduate Sara Spencer works on a video while creating her art instalment for the graduate student virtual exhibition.

FCCS students launch virtual exhibition

Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates share their final work on an online platform

Each spring graduating visual arts students at UBC’s Okanagan campus prepare a final art exhibition as they complete their program.

This year’s exhibition, titled Any Moment, was scheduled to open to the public in an on-campus reception in mid-April. However, as Visual Arts Professor Myron Campbell explains, the art is now shared as a virtual exhibition.

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UBC researchers announce first public deliberation on BC’s COVID-19 response

Team will seek input from hundreds of citizens in an online deliberation series

British Columbians will have the chance to provide feedback to decision-makers regarding the next phase of COVID-19 policymaking through an online public deliberation series led by researchers at the University of British Columbia.

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