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Feb 7, 2018


February 8
UBC-PINTS Speaker Series

February 8
Siberian Exile: Blood, War and a Granddaughter's Reckoning

February 9
Men's preferences for workplace health promotion

February 10
Viral Objects

February 17
Creative Days with Myron Campbell

February 19
Random Act of Kindness Day

February 19
Feminist Pedagogies in the Women's and Gender Studies Classroom: Reflections on Three Decades of Teaching

February 19
Four Towns that Moved: How Mass Mining Changed Life and Landscape in the 20th Century

February 20
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Nishat Tasnim

February 20
MA Thesis Oral Exam: Samuel Peter Hiles

February 21
Curious about Cannabis

February 21
2018 Interdisciplinary Student Health Conference

February 22
Draw By Night #24


February 7
Writing the Literature Review

February 8
MS Office Word Expert

February 14
Healthy Measures Assessments

February 15
Smartforms Training

February 19
MS Office Word Core

February 20
MS Office Excel Core

February 20
Starting a Scholarly Research Project

February 21
MS Office Outlook

February 21
BCGEU Professional Dev. Funding Meeting

February 21
MD Admissions Info Session

February 21
Writing for the Academic Job Market

February 22
Community Building Through Action

February 22
Writing the Ethics Application

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Employee News

Inspire: this is our moment

In his latest blog post, Professor Santa Ono discusses the university's progress in the strategic planning process and the role this plan plays in defining who we are as an organization.


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Meet over coffee

Students, faculty and staff: join the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for coffee and share your ideas about UBC and the Okanagan campus.

RSVP now...

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April 6: Support the Heat

Tickets now on sale for 13th annual Athletics Scholarship breakfast

Funds raised through this annual event go directly to the Athletics Scholarship Endowment at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Tickets are $125 each or $1,250 per table.


$10,000 for your bright idea

Have a bright idea to advance equity and inclusion at UBC? Apply to the Equity Enhancement Fund.

The fund supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion at UBC. Students, staff and faculty can submit applications for a broad range of funding, up to a maximum of $10,000, until February 28.


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New co-op hiring grant available

International Student Initiative sponsored grant supports diversity in workplaces

In support of intercultural learning and development for our students and community, UBC’s Okanagan campus is piloting a grant program to support co-op employers who value and seek diversity in their organization.


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Design for Industry 4.0

The School of Engineering is hosting the first Industry 4.0 School & Industry Night on February 18 and 19.

This two-day workshop and industry night networking event brings students, researchers and private sector industries together to help build connections in cybernetics, digitization, simulation and advanced manufacturing processes.


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Reminder: Workplace Experiences Survey presentation tomorrow

In November, faculty and staff were invited participate in the Workplace Experiences Survey to help UBC better understand faculty and staff experiences, needs and priorities.

Together with survey partner, TalentMap, Human Resources will present the survey results at tomorrow's open session in the University Centre Ballroom from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

To find out more, visit or contact

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Reminder: Learning Conference call for proposals

The Centre for Teaching and Learning would like to remind all faculty that proposals are still being accepted for the 14th Annual Learning Conference.

Proposals are accepted in workshop, presentation and poster formats and the deadline to submit is February 18.


Philipp Reichert, manager of International Programs and Services.
Philipp Reichert, manager of International Programs and Services.

International Programs and Services' new manager a familiar face

Congratulations to Philipp Reichert, new manager for International Programs and Services.

Reichert has more than a decade of experience studying and working internationally, has been with UBC Okanagan since 2012, and served as the campus Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the Coordinator of Immigration Advising since 2013.


Feb. 28: Sort it Out and Power Down

Sustainability Office and Risk Management Services hold third annual Green Labs event

Laboratory activities can have a huge impact on the environment.
On February 28, learn more about conserving energy as well as reducing and diverting waste from your lab.


March 15: How can we make Kelowna a more culturally inclusive community?

A UBC Dialogues: Okanagan event

Cultural diversity enriches a community in many ways. New business and learning opportunities emerge, organizations broaden the scope of their activities and services, and community members' perspectives become more global.

However, cultural inclusivity is not easy to achieve.


Reminder: Accounts Payable and Payroll Office now located in EME

A reminder to all faculty and staff: Accounts Payable and Payroll is now located in EME 2171 and all items should be sent to this new location.
Any mail dropped off to the old location in ADM 006 will experience processing delays.

Supply Management remains in ADM 006. All items should continue to be sent to this location. Non-tuition deposits also remain in ADM 006 and will continue to follow normal deposit procedures.

Prepare for tax season

Get ready for tax season and opt-in to receive your T4 statements online. As an added incentive to anyone still receiving paper copies, make the switch before Feb. 9 for the chance to win an iPad Pro.


Call for Applications: Invited International Distinguished Visitor Award

The Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund provides opportunities for faculty members to invite international colleagues to visit UBC and share their research and expertise with the campus community.

The award is $5,000 and deadline for submissions is February 15.


Current staff postings

UBC Stories
Nathan Pelletier, Endowed Chair in Bio-economy Sustainability Management, Egg Industry Chair in Sustainability
Nathan Pelletier, Endowed Chair in Bio-economy Sustainability Management, Egg Industry Chair in Sustainability

UBC biologist receives federal support to research egg industry sustainability

Industrial Research Chair partnership will advance sustainability measurement and management

As a leading Canadian expert in sustainability, Nathan Pelletier has been awarded a prestigious Industrial Research Chair by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

The award will advance Pelletier's research activities that focus on sustainability measurement and management, life-cycle thinking and resource efficiency, with an emphasis on the Canadian egg industry.


Kelsey Serwa. Photo credit:
Kelsey Serwa. Photo credit:

Kelsey Serwa heads to her third Olympic games

UBC Okanagan's own Kelsey Serwa is headed to the PyeongChang Olympics next month as part of the Team Canada women's ski cross team.

She was named to Team Canada last month along with Faculty of Health and Social Development alumnus Ian Deans, who was named as an alternate for the men’s ski cross team.


UBC researchers map smoke taint in wine grapes

Smoky-flavoured chemicals are absorbed quickly and stay put

Grape growers have long sought to protect their crops from the effects of wildfire smoke and research from the Barber School is giving them new insights.


UBC Okanagan's entry for the 2018 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race
UBC Okanagan's entry for the 2018 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race.

School of Engineering students earn third in annual concrete toboggan race

Congratulations to the School of Engineering students who placed third overall in this year's Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race.

The team earned individual prizes for Best Concrete Mix Design, Most Aesthetically Pleasing Toboggan and Best Overall Team Spirit.


Hamid Javdani and his son, Assistant Professor of Education Mohsen Javdani.
Hamid Javdani and his son Assistant Professor of Education Mohsen Javdani.

UBC Okanagan becomes home for father and son researchers

The apple does not fall far from the tree in the Okanagan valley this year

Hamid Javdani says it is "a fortunate coincidence" that he has joined his son Assistant Professor Mohsen Javdani as a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Education.

Some 10,000 km has separated father and son since Mohsen joined the Barber School's economics department in 2012.


Aj Lefebre, Evan Yarrow, and Victoria Kray
Aj Lefebre, Evan Yarrow and Victoria Kray

Management students win second at JDC West

Success often comes down to support

Bachelor of Management students Aj Lefebre, Evan Yarrow and Victoria Kray earned second place in the not-for-profit category of JDC West, an annual business competition held in Calgary last month.


Activist Dixon Terbasket (front left) and artist Sheldon Louis (front right) speak to Kelowna Secondary School students about the impact of colonialism on Syilx culture.
Activist Dixon Terbasket (front left) and artist Sheldon Louis (front right) speak to Kelowna Secondary School students about the impact of colonialism on Syilx culture.

Local secondary students work with FCCS and Indigenous mentor to create mural

Kelowna Senior Secondary honors art students have a unique opportunity to create a mural exploring the subject of settler-Indigenous relations.

The mural project is a collaborative effort between Kelowna Secondary School, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, and the Rethink150: Indigenous Truth Collective.


School of Engineering student Yekenalem Abebe.
School of Engineering student Yekenalem Abebe.

UBC researchers study the impact of urbanization on rainwater flooding

Heavy rainfall may cause flooding as cities lose greenspaces due to development

Researchers in the School of Engineering suggest municipalities should put a greater emphasis on green initiatives to reduce heavy rainfall flooding urban areas.


Former freestyle skier Mike Shaw is the special guest speaker at this year's Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast.
Former freestyle skier Mike Shaw is the special guest speaker at this year's Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast.

Freestyle skier to speak at UBC Okanagan athletics breakfast

Mike Shaw will talk about his devastating injury and his incredible comeback

As inspirational speakers go, it doesn't get much better than this.

For the 13th annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast, homegrown hero Mike Shaw will be the special guest speaker.

Shaw, who grew up in Vernon and is a UBC Okanagan alumnus, has come back from a devastating ski injury that left him paralyzed and has learned how to walk again.


Nancy Holmes, associate professor of creative writing and poetry
Nancy Holmes, associate professor of creative writing and poetry.

Nancy Holmes wins the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

Congratulations are in order for Nancy Holmes, associate professor of creative writing and poetry.

Holmes has earned the 2017 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize winner for her essay "Flaubert's Hummingbirds."

Read more at The Malahat Review...

Eric Li, assistant professor of marketing and founder of the Healthy Living Project.
Eric Li, assistant professor of marketing and founder of the Healthy Living Project.

Healthy Living reaches out

Making marketing increasingly meaningful

Eric Li is taking a wholesome approach to marketing.

Four years ago, the assistant professor of marketing created the Healthy Living Project to challenge his students with non-traditional subject matter.

This term project allows students to apply marketing concepts that they learn in the classroom to real-life, health-related issues.


Provincial funds support growing demand for tech-related education

Interior universities aim to remedy shortfall of skilled post-secondary graduates

Students in BC's interior looking for a career in tech-related programs have many more opportunities, thanks to new provincial funding.


Housing and homelessness topics of panel discussion

Organizers plan to present several 'made-in-the-Okanagan' ideas

UBC and Okanagan College are hosting a panel discussion this evening about housing and homelessness that will feature ideas to improve housing in this region and make it more accessible for everyone.


When a family history turns into an unsolved mystery

UBC hosts award-winning author who writes about Holocaust-era secret

There are certain things about our families that we know as fact. But what happens when what we thought we knew turns out to be only partly true?

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