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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.