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Sept. 16, 2020

Events

Until September 18
Student Film Festival Screening

September 16
Virtual Art Hive

September 16
Queer Orientation 2020: Trans and Non-Binary Coffee Meet Up

September 16
Netflix viewing party with SVPRO

September 16
Introduction to Rock Climbing

September 17, 20, 24 and 27
Stand-up PaddleBoarding

September 17
Welcome Week: Bachelor of Human Kinetics Trivia Night

September 17
Queer Orientation 2020: Netflix Watch Party

September 18
Unique Paths, Shared Impact

September 18
Blitzball League

September 21
Systemic Racism and Anti-Racism in Teacher Education with Dr. Cranston

September 22 and 29
International Students Connection Group

September 24
Kickboxing

October 1
UBC Career Day Virtual Fair

Workshops

September 16, 22 and 23
Online Writing Communities

September 16
Resume Building Workshop

September 16
Advanced Quizzes / Respondus Quiz

September 16
Ergo Your Posture

September 16
Together While Apart

September 17 and 21
Co-op Program Learning Session

September 17
Getting Involved: Finding a Good Fit

September 17
IRP Community Call-In: Preparing for Workday

September 17
Building Digital Exhibits with Omeka

September 17
Thesis Writing: Abstract and Lay Summary

September 17
Go Global Q&A Session

September 18, 25 and October 2
Teaching Online Learning Community

September 21 and 28
TA Training

September 22
Thesis and Dissertation Structure

September 22
Go Global Q&A Session

September 22
How to Plan for Grad School

September 22
Wikipedia and Wikidata

September 23
Writing the Academic CV

September 23
Virtual Job Search Strategies

September 28
How to make the most out of a virtual career fair

September 28
Introduction to Research Data Management

September 28
Go Global Q&A Session

September 29
First Steps in Data Management Planning

September 30
Virtual Interview Prep

September 30
Writing the Cover Letter

September 3
Introduction to the DMP Assistant

October 1
Go Global Q&A Session

October 5
How to plan for Grad School

October 7
Writing an Academic Cover Letter Workshop

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

Workshops

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Employee News
Some of the Staff Awards of Excellence recipients collect their certificates from Deputy Vice Chancellor and Pricipal Lesley Cormack. From left to right: Philipp Reichert, Linda Drew, Lesley Cormack, Colleen DuManoir, Jenny Janok, Alanna Vernon and Nancy Adams.
Some of the Staff Awards of Excellence recipients collect their certificates from Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Lesley Cormack. From left to right: Philipp Reichert, Linda Drew, Lesley Cormack, Colleen DuManoir, Jenny Janok, Alanna Vernon and Nancy Adams.

2020 UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence announced

Recipients demonstrated global citizenship, leadership, campus spirit and customer service

Every year, UBC Okanagan awards five staff members the Staff Awards of Excellence, with each winner taking home a personalized certificate and $2,000.

This year, a team prize was added to the roster and provided the winning team $5,000 in prize money to share among its members.

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Adrienne Vedan, new Senior Advisor to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor on Indigenous Affairs. Adrienne Vedan, senior advisor on Indigenous affairs

Adrienne Vedan earns President’s Service Award for Excellence

The President’s Service Award for Excellence is presented each year to up to five outstanding staff members. The award acknowledges staff who have made outstanding contributions to UBC, and who excel in their personal achievements.

This year, Adrienne Vedan, senior advisor on Indigenous affairs, is one of five staff members recognized across the university.

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Professor Anthony Stewart
John P. Crozer Chair of English Literature, Bucknell University
Professor Anthony Stewart, John P. Crozer Chair of English Literature, Bucknell University.

Sept. 17: You’re not crazy, you’re not wrong

Hearing experiences of people of colour in the university

As part of the Festival of Ideas, Professor Anthony Stewart of Bucknell University will be discussing the contradictions of the university for people of colour. The talk will be followed by a discussion from members of the UBC Okanagan community and a moderated Q&A.

To register or find out more, visit: ok.ubc.ca/festival-of-ideas/youre-not-crazy


James Makokis and Anthony Johnson

Sept. 23: "Our existences are political": Identity and history as pathways for transformation

Featuring James Makokis and Anthony Johnson

UBC Connects launches its first digital season with Makokis and Johnson sharing their personal transformations—from their early years facing adversity around two-spirit and Indigenous identities to a lifetime of education, transforming them into leaders, activists and role models.

To find out more, visit: events.ubc.ca/ubc-connects


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Sept. 25: Homecoming at Home featuring Scott Helman

Homecoming has been reimagined to celebrate UBCO's 15-year anniversary

Homecoming at Home is a global broadcast celebration for UBC alumni, students and the UBC community.

The 30-minute program will feature special messages by UBC speakers, appearances by alumni and students, a UBCO Beats a cappella choir and a headline performance by Canadian singer-songwriter Scott Helman.

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


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Recording: 2020 Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Principal’s Fall Town Hall

On September 3, Professor Lesley Cormack, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, hosted her first Town Hall via Zoom to provide an update for faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan.

If you missed the Town Hall the recording is now available.


UBCIT email warning graphic

External email security warning tag

On September 28, UBC will be launching a new email security enhancement which adds a warning tag to the top of emails that originate from outside the university.

This warning tag is not an indicator that the email is phishing or fraudulent—it is a reminder to verify the authenticity of the email before clicking on links, opening any attachments or responding to the email.

To find out more, visit: cc.cybersecurity.ubc.ca/external-email-warning-tag (CWL login/VPN required)


Rock climbers

Rec opportunities in Sept. and Oct.

Stand-up PaddleBoarding, Rock Climbing and Kickboxing offered

Enjoy some later-summer activities with UBC Rec with their upcoming sessions.

Enjoy a relaxing night on Okanagan Lake, take up climbing or learn to kickbox. All sessions take place in the evenings or on Sundays.

To register or find out more, visit: ca.apm.activecommunities.com/ubcokanagan


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Reminder: Peer support program assists students with online learning

Online learning coaches are available to help students adapt to the demands of online learning and connect them with the tools they need to succeed.

To find out more, visit: students.ok.ubc.ca/OLC


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Reminder: Peer mentor program provides extra support for new students

All new-to-UBC students this year will be automatically paired with a peer mentor—an upper-year student from their program—who will act as a first point of contact for campus resources and help build social connections with other students.

For more information, visit: students.ok.ubc.ca/peer-mentors


Food Services operating hours updates

With the changes on campus for the fall term, there have also been changes to the Food Services operating hours.

Sunshine is now operating 7 days per week, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Comma is operating Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. And Tim Hortons is operating Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All locations have implemented COVID-19 protocols for the safety of customers and staff. To find out what's open at any time, visit: food.ok.ubc.ca


Self-care 101 workshop available at any time

This online self-guided course focuses on increasing mental-health literacy through self-care for individuals. Participants will learn about the body’s stress response and how to identify these responses in themselves.

To register or find out more, visit: wpl.ubc.ca/browse/wellbeing/wellness/courses/wpl-wb-sc101


Wellbeing in the Workplace workshop now available

Now more than ever, well-being is playing a crucial role in work and personal lives. In order to work well, understanding the importance of well-being within the context of the workplace is a great place to start. 

This self-guided Canvas course will teach participants tools and skills to support well-being while working within changing environments.

To register or find out more, visit: wpl.ubc.ca/browse/wellbeing/wellness/courses/wpl-wb-witw


Understanding the UBC Staff Pension Plan workshops being offered

An informative zoom workshop designed for members of the UBC Staff Pension Plan. Staff who are close to retiring should consider booking a retirement information session rather than attending the workshop.

Workshop sessions are available in October, November and December.

To register or find out more, visit: staff.pensions.ubc.ca/news/workshops


Bookable teaching studios  

Book distraction-free space to pre-record lectures or course content

Effective September 14, a number of classrooms in the library have been repurposed as temporary recording studios and are available for booking.

These rooms will provide a distraction-free space to record lectures or produce multimedia learning content. For more information, contact MJ D'Elia, associate chief librarian, engagement and access.

Book a space...


Sept. 17: Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium

IRVING K. BARBER FACULTIES HOST ANNUAL EVENT SHOWCASING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Explore the work of undergraduate researchers from the newly created Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science on September 17. Presentations will take place virtually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To register or find out more, email julie.martin@ubc.ca.


Tandem Language Learning Exchange program launched

UBCO’s International Programs & Services has teamed up with the Vancouver campus Global Lounge to offer a virtual Tandem Language Exchange program for the 2020-2021 winter session.

The Tandem program allows students to improve their fluency in a language that they are interested in, while also allowing to teach a language that they are familiar with.

The deadline to register is September 24. To find out more, visit: tandem.ubc.ca/registration


Current staff postings

UBC Stories
UBC Okanagan’s newly appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Lesley Cormack welcomes her first-ever UBC incoming class.
UBC Okanagan’s newly appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Lesley Cormack welcomes her first-ever UBC incoming class.

Back-to-school for UBCO students and its new principal alike

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Lesley Cormack welcomes her first UBC incoming class

As students head back to school this week at UBC Okanagan, albeit virtually for most, the campus’ new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Lesley Cormack will be among their ranks as she oversees her first full term at UBC.

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UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono
UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono

UBC students take part in historic first-ever virtual orientation

Staff working hard to deliver meaningful and engaging online experience

This September, thousands of UBC students will make history when they take part in the university’s first-ever virtual orientation.

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Screenshot of Create kick-off

UBC Studios and UBC IT reimagine September kick-off events in virtual format

No September is complete at UBC without the anticipation of Imagine and Create, two signature student events that kick-off the start of the school term.

This year, the daunting task for event organizers at both campuses was how to reimagine an iconic event virtually for more than 12,400 first-year undergraduates starting at UBC.

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Aerial photo of campus

Online learning and the student experience for Fall 2020

Returning to university or stepping onto a campus for the first time as a student can be a life-changing experience

This fall term though is unlike any other in the history of The University of British Columbia, indeed in the history of universities around the world.

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A photo of medicinal cannabis

New UBCO study examines pain tolerance among cannabis users

Unlike opioids, long-term cannabis use does not increase sensitivity to pain

Doctoral student Michelle St. Pierre, who conducts research in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, recently published a study looking for differences in pain tolerance of people who frequently use cannabis compared to those who don’t.

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UBCO experts offer tips on how to camp and hike cleanly.
UBCO experts offer tips on how to camp and hike cleanly.

UBCO sustainability researchers share tips for keeping parks pristine

Experts offer advice on how to enjoy nature in an eco-friendly way

The last long weekend of the summer has passed, with many seeking refuge in nature. However, this doesn’t bring comfort to all.

Conservationists and border communities on provincial and national parks are concerned about increased visits and cavalier attitudes toward protected spaces.

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The Alpine Club of Canada’s general mountaineering camp, set up for the summer of 2019. Photo credit: Lael Parrott
The Alpine Club of Canada’s general mountaineering camp, set up for the summer of 2019. Photo credit: Lael Parrott

State of the Mountains highlights highs and lows of climate change

Biodiversity, glacier health and sea mountains featured in annual report

While many know of the canary in the coal mine analogy, a team of researchers are using Canada’s mountain ranges as their canary. And, like the coal miners, they say Canadians should be worried.

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Professors Tarrant and Bottorff named Fellows of Canadian Academy of Nursing

Two highly accomplished professors from the School of Nursing in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Health and Social Development are among the inaugural class of Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Nursing, announced Sept. 9 by the Canadian Nurses Association.

Nursing Prof. Marie Tarrant, director of the School of Nursing, and Nursing Prof. Joan Bottorff, director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, will be officially inducted as inaugural Fellows at a virtual ceremony and celebration on Nov. 20.

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