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March 18, 2020


Until March 31
Okanagan Embrace Aging Month

March 16
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Charles Rockson

March 16
Cancelled: What is K-pop?

March 16
MFA Thesis Oral Defence: Cristalle Smith

March 17
Cancelled How to be an Antiracist by Kendi

March 18 to April 3
Art Hive

March 18 and 25
Dream Appreciation

March 19
Cancelled: First Annual Sharon Thesen Lecture on Writing

March 20
Pathways to Transformation in Long-Term Care

March 23
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Megan Udala

March 24
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Yekenalem Abebe

March 25
Postponed: Cafe Scientifique

March 25
Cancelled: Okanagan Short Story Contest Winner Announcement

March 27
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Alexandra Yacyshyn

March 27
School of Health and Exercise Sciences Seminar Series

March 30
Golden Apple Awards

March 31
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Maria Martignoni

March 31
Cancelled: Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal with Guest Conductor Ivars Taurins


March 18
Healthy adult aging and balance: Where do we stand?

March 18, 25 and April 1
CBT for Sleep

March 19
Engineering First Year Specialization Night

March 24
Dissecting the Discussion

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Employee News

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UBC's response

Information and FAQs available

UBC continues to prepare for the escalation of COVID-19. For the latest information, please check often – it is the most up-to-date source of information for the UBC community.

Reminder for Okanagan VPN users

Vancouver network currently under very high usage

UBCO IT would like to remind faculty and staff working remotely to use an Okanagan connection when using the UBC Virtual Private Network.

Please minimize the usage of the VPN where possible and to limit audio and video streaming (YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, etc). If you do not need Novell drive access mapping, consider using the web client at:

For more details, visit UBCO IT's tips for users who are working remotely using a UBC Okanagan provided device as well as using a personal device.

For other IT related tips and how-to articles, please see

Working from home: Supporting IT

If you are working from home, please remember that UBCO IT is working hard to support you. Wait times for calls and routine tickets are likely to be quite high. Systems are also under stress with the increased usage/workload. Please remember to:

Need help with video for your courses?

UBC Studios Okanagan continues to provide video support to faculty as courses migrate to remote delivery. The team is available to help prepare quick video messages to students, record lecture content or lab demonstrations for online distribution, loan out of video recording cameras, lighting and sound equipment.

They also offer DIY video project demos, training, consultation and support, and can assist with other video projects in preparation for next term.

To find out more, call 250 807 9832 or visit

UBC Bookstore to transition to online-only services

In response to COVID-19, the UBC Bookstore is transitioning to a new online service model. Starting today, both the UBCO and UBCV bookstores will be closed until further notice.

Customers will still be able to order products online and the Bookstore is offering free standard shipping to anywhere in Canada while stores remain closed.


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Take the mandatory Privacy and Security Fundamentals Training

As a UBC employee, the loss or disclosure of confidential information could be very harmful to you and the university. To better understand your responsibility in protecting that confidential information, you are required to complete parts one and two of the training now.

To get started, visit:

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UBCO Food Services survey

Food Services wants to hear from you

Your valuable feedback can help provide the best possible dining experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Complete the short survey and be entered into a draw to win a $200 prepaid VISA card. The survey closes March 31 and a winner will be chosen at random on April 1.

To get started, visit:

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Top tips for dealing with student concerns

Keep the decision process consistent

  • Ensure your department demonstrates that it has followed a fair process when making decisions affecting students.
  • Remember, consistency is not the same as rigidity; fairness requires flexibility that allows for different outcomes for different circumstances.


ALT-2040 Fund announcement

Results of the 2020 competition announced

From transforming existing programs to creating new (open) educational resources, this year's recipients are accelerating curricular transformations and new program development.


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UBC Stories
Master of Science Biology student Portiaa McGonigal gives her winning 3MT presentation in front of a capacity crowd.
Master of Science Biology student Portiaa McGonigal gives her winning 3MT presentation in front of a capacity crowd.

Biology student captures top prize at UBCO 3MT final

Graduate students compete for their share of $6,000

A compelling presentation of a topic all too familiar among Okanagan wine producers clinched the winning spot at the seventh annual UBC Okanagan Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Portiaa McGonigal, a master of science biology student, captivated judges and audience members alike with her presentation.


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