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Oct. 1, 2014


October 4
PACWEST Men's and Women's Golf Tournament

October 8
The law inside: civil and human rights behind bars

October 9
Keep calm and walk your dog: The contribution of companion animals to one's health

October 15
FCCS Visiting Author Series: Karen Hofmann and Sean Johnston

October 16
Mars vs Venus: Understanding sex differences in frailty and muscle activity


October 1
International Education Travel Subsidy Information Session and Presentations

October 1
Connecting Assessment to Learning Outcomes

October 1, 8 and 15
BEN (Behaviour Modification, Exercise & Nutrition)

October 1
What can I do with my degree?

October 1
Marking for Psychology TAs

October 2
Fierce Conversations

October 2
Me and my degree: Finding the fit

October 6
TA Credentialing for Critical Studies students

October 7 and 14
Tuesday Morning Mindfulness for Staff and Faculty

October 7
University Teaching Modules: Creating Learning Outcomes

October 7
Effective Use of Group Work in Connect

October 8
Teaching Large Classes Community of Practice

October 8
I graduated and now what?

October 8
What can I do with my Science degree?

October 9
Lunch and Learn: Understanding Depression

October 10
Communicating Your Assessment Plans

October 14
University Teaching Modules: Communicating and Measuring Learning Outcomes

October 14
TA Credentialing (Foundations)

October 15
DATE (Discussions About Teaching Excellence)

October 15
Accounting 101 and Finance Overview

October 15

October 15
What can I do with my degree?

October 16
MD Admissions Info Session

October 16
Marking Mid-Terms

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Employee NewsMichael Deyholos joined the Barber School as Head of Biology for a five-year term.
Michael Deyholos joined the Barber School as Head of Biology for a five-year term.

Barber School welcomes new head
of Biology

Michael Deyholos considered going into law, dentistry, or medicine, but in the end, his fascination with genetics won out, and he decided to pursue his PhD in biology.


Margaret Haines

Out of chaos comes order

Margaret Haines selected as keynote for second annual Leader in Residence program

The UBC Okanagan Library is pleased to present Margaret Haines as the keynote speaker for the second annual Leader in Residence program.


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Mini-Med public health education series back by popular demand

Class is in session starting Oct. 28 -- Registration
now open

Mini-Med is a popular public series that returns after a great debut in 2013. This year it consists of four distinct lectures with presentations by esteemed UBC researchers and regional doctors.


Photo of birds

Birds calendar takes off again


A series of lively photographs showing the diversity of UBC Okanagan's campus wildlife is back by popular demand, and now on sale.

The limited-edition Birds of the UBC Okanagan Campus 2015 wall calendar was created by a trio of camera-wielding biology professors. Sales proceeds go toward undergraduate education.


Art Party 2014 posterCall for submissions: Art Party 2014

The Theatre, Creative Writing and Visual Arts Course Unions are looking for submissions for the 5th annual Art Party.

Art Party organizers are looking for performance/dance, creative writing, visual arts, new media and music submissions.

All proposals should be sent to: by October 31.

Career Days 2014 graphicJob one: Get yourself to Career Days

2014 event expands professional development offerings for students

Career Days has expanded this year, offering a week's worth of activities from November 2 to 6 on campus and around Kelowna.

New this year is an internship competition called InternsPIT, where students develop a short presentation to vie for a job interview with a local business.


Water main flushing work postponed

Water main flushing work that was planned for October 2, 3 and 6 by the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District will not take place at this time.

More about water main flushing schedule is available on the GEID website. For more information about campus water quality, visit the Okanagan campus Risk Management Services website.

Fund created to help your unit celebrate UBC's Centennial

From September 2015 to June 2016, UBC will celebrate its Centennial. Faculties, units and student organizations across our university are encouraged to celebrate with their own unique communities and audiences.


Creating a social media community of practice

Social media has the unique ability to create and strengthen online relationships with our audiences.

The first meeting of a new social media community of practice for the Okanagan campus is set for October 28.


Office of Research Services open house organized for October 30

The Office of Research Services has relocated to the third floor of the Fipke building (FIP 336) and is holding an open house on October 30 at 2 p.m. to recognize the occasion.

Introduce yourself to the office and its available services. Or just stop in to say hello.

UBC TravelSmart tradeshow and seminar on Oct. 16

Learn about Concur, the UBC travel booking program, as well as industry best practices, UBC policies and procedures, savings opportunities and much more.


Procurement 101

A session designed to help navigate the process of purchasing supplies and services at UBC – from paperclips to specialized lab equipment.


Current staff postings

UBC StoriesAngela Finley
Angela Finley

A place of one's own

As the old proverb goes, home is where the heart is.

UBC researcher Angela Finley wants to ensure students' hearts find a home at UBC Okanagan -- and beyond.


A pass to wellness

A pass to wellness

Connected by Commitment: Outstanding
Work Environment

From the outside it's a cross section of a huge wing held aloft, a bulbous airfoil of ribbed metal, the leading edge split open and filled with sweeps of glass. From the inside, it's a showcase for the versatility of modern wood design and construction.

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Two master of education students from Aga Khan University discuss their Maker Day project assigned to them by UBC’s Susan Crichton during the Maker Days workshop in Tanzania.
Two master of education students from Aga Khan University discuss their Maker Day project assigned to them by UBC's Susan Crichton during the Maker Days workshop in Tanzania.

UBC professor introduces Maker Days to African educators

Participants inspired to integrate 'making' into
the classroom

UBC Okanagan's Maker Days has gone global.


Political activist and author Harsha Walia. Photo credit: Brent Granby
Political activist and author Harsha Walia. Photo credit: Brent Granby

Author, activist Harsha Walia to speak on migrant justice

Grassroots political organizer works to strengthen anti-racist strategies

Political activist and author Harsha Walia will speak at UBC on the topic Movements for Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, in a special presentation as the 2014-2015 Cultural Studies annual speaker on Monday.


Students Kelly Panchyshyn, left to right, Elora Bascello and Mary Song jumped at the chance to be photographed with the charismatic Wab Kinew at the Okanagan Nation Alliance Salmon Feast in Okanagan Falls.
Students Kelly Panchyshyn, left to right, Elora Bascello and Mary Song jumped at the chance to be photographed with the charismatic Wab Kinew at the Okanagan Nation Alliance Salmon Feast in Okanagan Falls.

Wab Kinew entertains and inspires at 2014 Salmon Feast

UBC students, staff enjoy perspective of charismatic Aboriginal musician, broadcaster and educator

Wab Kinew was a hit for both UBC students and staff at a pair of off-campus events earlier this month.


Butt Kapinski

FCCS presents Butt Kapinski, Private Eye

Award-winning noir romp opens Oct. 16

From October 16 to 18, the FCCS Performance Series presents its next show of the season: Butt Kapinski, an improv comedy created and performed by Deanna Fleysher.

According to The Georgia Straight, "Fleysher's ability to create community in the space of 60 minutes is nothing short of amazing."


Second year golfer Carolyn Lee with the tournament win. (Photo by Tree Frog Imaging)
Second year golfer Carolyn Lee with the tournament win. (Photo by Tree Frog Imaging)

Carolyn Lee wins first career tournament for UBC Okanagan

Shoots a season PACWEST low of 77 on day one and a 79 on day two to win the event by two strokes

In just her sixth PACWEST tournament, Carolyn Lee -- a sophomore golfer for the Heat women’s golf team -- nailed down the win at the Kings Links by the Sea Course in Delta, BC.


Youth finalists from across North America will attend the Get to Know Unconference Oct. 3 to 5, hosted by UBC.

UBC hosts international Get to Know Unconference

Youth finalists present statements about
eco-art projects

The lineup of youth presenters at the Get to Know Unconference in the Okanagan promises to impress.


The Global Renaissance graphic

Global Renaissance conference talks open to campus community

Ever wonder how terrestrial globes came about? Or the differences between Islamic cultures of North Africa and the Middle East?

The campus community is invited to attend two free lectures at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance conference, hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies from October 17 to 19.


Recent MSc (Computer Science & Math) graduate Faisal Rahman joined tech-giant Microsoft as a software engineer.

Barber School alumnus joins Microsoft

Faisal Rahman's journey to software engineer with tech-giant Microsoft began in his home country of Bangladesh, with a BSc in computer science and engineering, but it was his MSc earned at UBC's Okanagan campus that gave him the edge that landed him the job.


Conducting health research with Indigenous communities

Why it's ethical, rigorous, and culturally relevant for all cultures

On Thursday, visiting scholar Heather Gifford will present an overview of her tribally-based research centre in New Zealand.


UBC opens discussion about police, racism, and violence

Join Alden Habacon, director of Intercultural Understanding, Strategy Development, and Peter Wanyenya, international student advisor, Special Populations and Programs UBC, for an open discussion about what's happening in Ferguson, Missouri, and perhaps across America.


Tips for using Twitter: #KnowledgeTranslation #HealthResearch

UBC researchers demonstrate how social media can be an effective tool

Are you a power user and influencer? Or does the thought of using Twitter make your palms sweat?


UBC signs cooperation agreement with top university in Brazil

School of Nursing partners with University of SÃo Paulo at RibeirÃo Preto College

Enhancements in research and student learning initiatives are at the core of the new memorandum of understanding signed by the School of Nursing, and the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing.


Class dispersed: experiential learning and the community

Connected by Commitment: Student learning

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”

Experiential learning – what was true back in Aristotle's time (circa 350 BCE) is especially true today and especially so at UBC.

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  • Nursing program attracting varsity athletes
    The Heat work closely with all faculties to ensure success for varsity student-athletes and the relationship between Heat Athletes and the School of Nursing is a prime example.
  • Go Global Tanzania
    Community, Culture and Global Studies Professor Sandra Peacock, is providing students with a unique community-based research and voluntourism opportunities in Tanzania.
  • Peer Support Network
    The Peer Support Network is a safe space on campus where students can come to speak with a peer about a struggle or challenge they may be facing.

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