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Rick Mercer will deliver the 2020 keynote address. Mercer was a 2010 UBC honorary degree recipient.
Rick Mercer will deliver the 2020 keynote address. Mercer was a 2010 UBC honorary degree recipient.

UBC Okanagan celebrates the class of 2020

Virtual ceremony takes place today as more than 1,900 students graduate

UBC Okanagan’s Convocation of 2020 will go down in history as a unique event. Instead of students, parents and faculty joining together on campus, the celebrations will be held virtually.

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The UBC Wine Research Centre presents: Wine Vision 2040

The future of the wine industry: intersecting perspectives from international wine leaders

Take part in Wine Vision 2040, the first open access conference with international wine leaders sharing their views for the future.

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UBC Studios launches online booking system

Video equipment booking is easier with a new online system and summer drop-in hours for faculty and staff

The new UBC Studios booking system allows faculty and staff to reserve equipment in advance in addition to their drop-in services on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To find more about renting policies, renting instructions and the gear catalogue, visit ubcstudios.ok.ubc.ca/equipment-loans/equipment-lending or email ubcstudios.ok@ubc.ca.


June 18: Leading self when working remotely webinar

Self-leadership during challenging times means knowing who you are, what you are capable of and applying the tools and behaviours that will keep you focused

This webinar provides strategies for overcoming barriers and provide opportunities for participants to engage with the facilitator and peers seamlessly.

To register or find out more, visit: wpl.ubc.ca/browse/professional-development/courses/wpl-pd-lsr


June 25: Facilitating productive meetings webinar

People who run great meetings are more productive with their own time and the time of others

This webinar provides the tools to run productive meetings and has a strong emphasis on practice.

To register or find out more, visit: wpl.ubc.ca/browse/professional-development/courses/wpl-pd-fpm


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UBC Stories
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A graduate's path

Graduate students at UBCO benefit from a unique experience: they have access to global teaching, learning and research opportunities at one of the world’s top 20 public universities while also being part of a tight-knit, entrepreneurial community primed for growth.

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UBC Okanagan student speaker Barb Dawson.
UBC Okanagan student speaker Barb Dawson.

UBC's Class of 2020 to celebrate in virtual graduation

It was February 2020 and things were going according to plan for UBC’s graduation ceremony planning teams in the Okanagan and Vancouver.

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UBC Okanagan's Governor General gold medal winner Mike Tymko stands at a landmark called Kala Patthar with Mount Everest in the background.
UBC Okanagan's Governor General gold medal winner Mike Tymko stands at a landmark called Kala Patthar with Mount Everest in the background.

Peaks and valleys lead to gold medal win for UBCO student

Accomplished researcher wins Governor General's top academic honour

Although he climbed numerous mountains to conduct high-altitude research, UBC Okanagan's Mike Tymko admits the peak of his academic career might have arrived in his inbox a few weeks ago.

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Dominica Patterson has won the Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation. She is now preparing for law school.
Dominica Patterson has won the Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation. She is now preparing for law school.

UBCO student, human rights activist wins Lieutenant Governor's award

Silver Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation

Shortly after high school, Dominica Patterson boarded a plane to volunteer in Benin, West Africa. While she knew an adventure was waiting, she had no idea how that journey would light a spark that would eventually lead to law school.

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Lake Country’s Teagan MacDougall is the 2020 recipient of the Pushor Mitchell LLP Gold Medal Leadership Prize.
Lake Country’s Teagan MacDougall is the 2020 recipient of the Pushor Mitchell LLP Gold Medal Leadership Prize.

Community leadership, academic excellence and unwavering determination lead to prestigious Pushor Mitchell recognition

Aspiring pediatrician wins top student award

Teagan MacDougall reminds herself of one thing when the going gets tough—how worthwhile this will all be when she’s able to help sick children as a pediatrician.

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Kimberly Billinton is a major entrance scholar, Disney movie aficionado, and award-winning short film writer and producer. She holds a BMgt from UBC Okanagan.
Kimberly Billinton is a major entrance scholar, Disney movie aficionado, and award-winning short film writer and producer. She holds a BMgt from UBC Okanagan.

To the class of 2020

I am a UBCO graduate. It feels weird to say. After five years, I've finally made it. I finished my degree. Yet, something about it doesn't feel like the end—maybe because I didn't really have an ending in the traditional sense.

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A behind the scenes peak at UBC President, Santa Ono's ceremony speech during the virtual ceremony dry run.
A behind the scenes peak at UBC President Santa Ono's ceremony speech during the virtual ceremony dry run.

UBC IT and Graduation 2020: A virtual experience

UBC joined other post-secondary institutions in moving this year’s graduation to a virtual format. While not a replacement for the traditional ceremony, UBC will host a live broadcast for each campus today.

Behind the scenes, UBC Studios and AV Services across both campuses were tasked to work on the virtual event.

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Areas of focus where UBCO research expertise could address important issues are sustainably managing and restoring the habitats of Chinook salmon and grizzly bears on the Okanagan traditional territory. Photo by SI Janko Ferlič | Unsplash.

UBC research cluster promotes traditional Indigenous knowledge and science collaboration

A group of UBCO researchers are working to find sustainable ways of managing the Okanagan landscape, in collaboration with Syilx traditional knowledge holders, that aims to demonstrate ways in which western scientists and Indigenous knowledge holders can work together and co-produce knowledge.

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Take a minute to notice how you feel before, during and after your time on something like Facebook or Instagram. Does it pick you up or pull you down?
Take a minute to notice how you feel before, during and after your time on something like Facebook or Instagram. Does it pick you up or pull you down?

UBCO researcher discusses the good, and bad, of living connected

Along with being socially distant, should we ditch social media?

Susan Holtzman is an associate professor of psychology. Part of her research focuses on how our social environment can influence our physical and emotional well-being during times of stress.

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Lots of people are using creative ideas like painting to keep busy during times of self-isolation and social distancing.
Lots of people are using creative ideas like painting to keep busy during times of self-isolation and social distancing.

Want to come up with a creative idea? Here's how.

UBCO researcher explores the science behind imagination

A new study from the Barber School is shedding light into how human creativity works and how novel ideas are formed—something the study’s researchers say is becoming increasingly important.

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Million-dollar grant supports transformative education research at UBCO

Funds will bring Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action into the classroom

As Canada seeks responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, university researchers and local partners have come together to seek respectful ways for educators to align their teaching practices toward reconciliation.

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  • Provost's Town Hall
    The May 21, 2020, Provost’s Town Hall covered a variety of topics including enrolment, service delivery and preparing UBC Okanagan for Winter Term programs.

To see more videos like this, visit youtube.com/user/ubcotv

         
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