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Nov. 4, 2020

Events

Ongoing
Healthy Masculinities Group

November 5
Internet access is not a luxury, it’s a necessity: Rural communities speak about challenges and technology use during COVID-19

November 5
Community Water Forum: The Values and Ethics of Water

November 5
Dream appreciation

November 17
The West Coast Virtual Fair

November 18
Exercise for Brain Health

November 19
Sedentary Behaviour and Public Health: Integrating the Evidence and Identifying Potential Solutions Across the Lifespan

November 19
First Annual Sharon Thesen Lecture

November 20
Dis(Connecting) through COVID: Experiences of older persons and their volunteer navigators

Workshops

Ongoing
Online Writing Communities

Ongoing
Tech Connect Drop-In Sessions

Ongoing
Teaching Online Learning Community

Ongoing
International Students Connection Group

November 4
Virtual Job Search Strategies

November 4
Virtual Interview Practice

November 4
AVPS Listening Session: Building community and school spirit at UBCO

November 4
Careers After Graduate School

November 4
Go Global Q&A

November 5
Thinking about Graduate School?

November 5
Alumni Office Hours with Sara Peacock – Community Manager at Pela

November 6, 9, 18 and 23
Graduate Online Learning Coach Drop-In Sessions

November 6
Go Global Q&A

November 6 
OER Grant Information Session

November 9
Thesis Writing: Abstract and Lay Summary

November 9
Sleep: A Key to Health

November 9
Virtual Interview Prep

November 10
Go Global Q&A

November 10
Positive Space Workshop

November 10
Thrive Plan for Resilience

November 12 
Thrive: Mental Health First Aid

November 12
School of Engineering Online Exam Management / Invigilation

November 13
Thrive: Mental Health First Aid

November 16
Go Global Q&A

November 16
Year 1 Career Planning

November 17 to 24
Course Design Intensive for Faculty

November 17
Thesis Writing: Dissecting the Discussion

November 17
Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

November 17
Introduction to Voyant

November 18
Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

November 18
Lunch and Lift Workshop Series

November 18
Wellness in Online Learning (Graduate Edition)

November 18
Undergraduate Research Award Information Session: Where could your ideas lead?

November 18
CTL Workshop: Turnitin

November 18
Go Global Q&A

November 19
The Working Mind for People Leaders

November 19
Go Global Q&A

November 19
Digital Publishing with Scalar

November 19 
Q&A Session: Writing the CGSM (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) Application

November 19
Stress Relaxation Techniques

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UBC Remembers

Nov. 11: Remembrance Day service

This year, due to COVID-19, the UBC Remembrance Day ceremony will be a virtual event, featuring a live broadcast from War Memorial Gym.

All UBC students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to watch—to honour and remember all those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace.

To see the ceremony or find out more, visit: ok.ubc.ca/remembrance


Dr. Hadiya Roderique

Nov. 17: Distinguished Speaker Series goes virtual

For the 2020-21 season, the Distinguished Speaker Series will be delivered in a virtual setting

The first speaker of the season, hosted by the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Hadiya Roderique wrote about "Being Black on Bay Street" in a 2017 Globe and Mail article that blew open a conversation across Canada on racism.

The dialogue she helped to spark she continues on November 17. To register or find out more, visit: speakers.ok.ubc.ca


An example of a branded UBC zoom background

Need a UBC Zoom background?

Using a UBC branded, professionally-designed virtual background will help people easily identify where you are from and give you a polished appearance.

To access a variety of UBC backgrounds, including on-brand colours and dynamic campus photos, visit the UBCO Communications & Marketing Flickr page. To learn more about the Zoom virtual background feature contact suann.brown@ubc.ca.


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November kicks off Thrive Month

Thrive is a time where we come together as a UBC community to learn about, talk about, and explore ways to support our mental health

Running for the entire month of November, Thrive activities will include the Working Mind Virtual: Mental Health Training for Faculty & Staff, the Working Mind for People Leaders course and much more. Space is limited, so sign up today.

To learn more, visit the Thrive website or the staff and faculty mental health resources website.


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Thriving in the Hangar

Athletics and Recreation is introducing a reduced sensory environment to The Hangar for Thrive month. The new environment increases accessibility for persons with disabilities -- including reduced light, noise and increased staff support.

For these accessible sessions, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Hangar and its new appointment-based workouts. There will be a kickoff event on November 4 and workout time slots are available on November 11, 18 and 25.

To find out more, visit: events.ok.ubc.ca/event/thriving-in-the-hangar


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Transportation Plan consultations now underway

The UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan is being developed to make it more convenient, affordable and sustainable to get to, from and around campus.

Consultations are now underway. Complete the online survey on your travel behaviours. You can also attend a virtual open house on November 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Information on the plan, the survey and registration for the Virtual Open House can be found at: campusplanning.ok.ubc.ca/projects/ubc-okanagan-transportation-plan


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Top tips for dealing with students' concerns

DISCUSS Concerns directly

  • Encourage students to meet with the individual closest to the source of the problem
  • Better communication occurs when concerns are discussed directly
  • However, where the concern involves an issue of safety, dealing directly with the person involved may not be appropriate

Read more...


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Recording: The potential for Black studies programs in Canada

On October 23, the UBC community joined together for a conversation on the landscape of Black studies programs in Canada with Professor Andrea A. Davis from York University and Professor Handel Kashope Wright from UBC Vancouver 

If you missed the webinar the recording is now available.


Winter parking lot closures

As winter approaches and departments shift into a different service season, Parking Services will be partially or fully closing certain parking lots on campus.

J lot will fully close from November 1 to February 28. H lot, R lot and G lot will be partially closed from November 1 to February 28.

To find out more, visit: parking.ok.ubc.ca


Nov. 12: Faculty Town Hall

Hear how our students are experiencing the online environment

Join Ananya Mukherjee Reed, provost and vice-president academic, for a Town Hall that will explore how our students are experiencing the online environment.

The hope is that students’ feedback will help faculty and staff provide the best possible learning experience.

To register or find out more, visit: provost.ok.ubc.ca/2020/10/28/november-faculty-town-hall


ALT-2040 Fund call for proposals now open

Apply for funding to support innovative academic program enhancement, development and transformation. This year, applications have been streamlined to a single-stage process.

All proposals are due on January 15, 2021, at 3 p.m. To find out more, visit: alt-2040.ok.ubc.ca

30-second bio

Help your colleagues learn more about you and your work, through the UBC Today website

The 30-second bio has been revamped to include a new list of questions to choose from. Greg Garrard from English and cultural studies was the last person from UBCO to be featured.

To submit your 30-second bio, visit: ubctoday.ubc.ca/submit-your-30-second-bio


Reminder: UBCO IT Helpdesk has moved

With the launch of Workday this week, UBC IT Okanagan's online ticketing system has moved to the UBC Self-Service Portal along with the Integrated Services Centre.

This will make it easier for faculty and staff to access a variety of UBC support services from a single website.

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UBC Stories
Alumnus Ben Arcega in front of his BNA Brewing mural.
Alumnus Ben Arcega in front of his BNA Brewing mural.

Art Influences

With their creative work featured in galleries and on buildings, clothing and products, UBC Okanagan fine arts alumni are shaping the local community with their unique artistic perspectives.

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A jack o' lantern full of candy

UBCO experts share sweet advice about sugar and artificial sweeteners

Like so many other areas of life, Halloween festivities may look a little different this year in the midst of COVID-19.

As health authorities ask people to take precautions and parents grapple with what is safe for their children, one thing remains constant: Kids love candy.

Read more...


Originally from Bangalore, India, undergraduate student Laavanya Prakash knew she wanted to attend an international university that would give her a sense of comfort.
Originally from Bangalore, India, undergraduate student Laavanya Prakash knew she wanted to attend an international university that would give her a sense of comfort.

A Place to call home: Laavanya Prakash's story

Faced with the challenges of moving to a new country, undergraduate student Laavanya Prakash found a piece of home in the UBCO community.

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A new study from UBC Okanagan examines how using social media impacts happiness.
A new study from UBC Okanagan examines how using social media impacts happiness.

UBCO study says it’s not if, but how people use social media that impacts their well-being

Passively scrolling through posts may not result in feelings of happiness

New research from the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences indicates what’s most important for overall happiness is how a person uses social media.

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Sarah Dow-Fleisner, assistant professor of social work.
Sarah Dow-Fleisner, assistant professor of social work.

Standardized measures needed to screen kinship foster placements

Researchers say there is no consistent way to evaluate the quality of care

New research is proposing a novel screening tool to assess the quality of care in kinship foster care placement settings.

Kinship caregiving—placing a child in a relative’s home if the child cannot safely stay in the family home—is becoming more common and is a preferred option for children, says UBC Okanagan Assistant Professor Sarah Dow-Fleisner.

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