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Nov. 18, 2020


Healthy Masculinities Group

Coffee & Tea with International Programs & Services

Virtual Art Hive

November 17
The West Coast Virtual Fair

November 18
Art Hive – Virtual

November 18 and 25
Thriving in the Hangar

November 18
Lunch and Lift Workshop Series

November 18
Exercise for Brain Health

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

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

November 27
Sncewips Heritage Museum Virtual Tour

December 2
Fighting flu: Experts talk about viruses and flu vaccine


Online Writing Communities

Tech Connect Drop-In Sessions

Teaching Online Learning Community

November 18
Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

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

November 18
Wellness in Online Learning (Graduate Edition)

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

November 18

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
Writing the CGSM (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) Application

November 19
Stress Relaxation Techniques

November 20
Self Care for TAs

November 27
Getting Restful Sleep

November 27
MD Admissions Info Session

December 1
Getting Started with Writing over the December Break

December 1
Visual Storytelling with Knight Lab

December 3
Writing the Academic CV

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Employee News
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UBC Okanagan child care survey launched

Parents and parents-to-be: UBCO Business Operations is conducting a survey as part of the long-term child care expansion plan and wants to know about your child care needs. 

If you have kids five and under, or are planning to have children soon, your input is needed. Information submitted will be anonymous and help inform future child care planning and policy development on campus.

The deadline for responses is December 7. To get started, visit:

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Upcoming Thrive events

Promoting mental health literacy, reducing stigma and creating a supportive campus culture is what Thrive Month is all about

Thrive helps bring students, faculty and staff resources to help build mental health resiliency and to live, learn and work well. Don't miss the upcoming Sleep To Success webinar on November 25 or the Sncewips Heritage Museum virtual tour on November 27.

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

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Winter weather safety reminder

Winter has arrived and Facilities Management wants you to know they are well prepared when snow and ice are on campus.

Facilities Management's regular winter duties include sweeping snow from walkways and parking lots as well as depositing ice-melt and sand to prevent slips and falls.


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Nov. 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance

A virtual event focused on community, resilience, and the exploration of gender and identity through diverse expressions of art

The Open to Expression event on November 20 will feature an open mic, art installation and reflections from trans and non-binary artists. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. To participate as an artist, email with the subject "TDOR Artist."


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Until Nov. 24: UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan consultation continues

The UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan supports future campus growth, community well-being and climate action, in ways that make it more convenient, affordable and sustainable to get to, from and around campus.

This consultation is an important input into the transportation plan. It runs until November 24 and completing the survey gives you a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards.

To find out more, visit:

Nov. 26: Provost’s Speaker Series on Systemic Racism

In the world of science, systemic racism manifests itself in many ways

Major institutions and actors involved in scientific scholarship have responded to discussions about science and systemic racism in different ways.

Join the Provost and Vice-President Academic for a discussion with Alejandro Adem, president of NSERC, and Magdalena Skipper, editor in chief of Nature, as they discuss approaches they are taking.

To register or find out more, visit:

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Dec. 8: Get ready for winter with a DIY wood sign

UBC Recreation is offering an online DIY Wood Sign Paint Night on December 8 at 7 p.m.

Participants will learn how to stain, apply stencil and paint a personalized seasonal wood sign. Kits will be available for pick-up in Kelowna or shipped to you for an additional fee. Register by November 30 to participate.

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Call for nominations: 2021 Teaching Excellence Award and Killam Teaching Prize

Nominations are now open for the annual Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award and the Killam Teaching Prize.

As one of the six Killam institutions, UBC offers an annual Killam Teaching Prize to faculty in recognition of excellence in teaching. Nominations are due January 11.


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UBC Stories
UBC’s Innovation Precinct is taking shape with the dedication and imagination of students, researchers, staff and key community partners.
UBC’s Innovation Precinct is taking shape with the dedication and imagination of students, researchers, staff and key community partners.

Space to Innovate

A 21st-century campus needs state-of-the-art facilities and a cutting-edge approach to solving real-world problems. The Innovation Precinct is a revolutionary new development designed to inspire creativity, test new ideas and cultivate research partnerships.


Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies student Ahlam Bavi.
Interdisciplinary graduate studies student Ahlam Bavi.

Rethinking art and accessibility: Ahlam Bavi's story

Doctoral student Ahlam Bavi is using digital technology and 3D modelling to make museum art collections more accessible.


Jennifer Jakobi, associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Jennifer Jakobi, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

Exposing kids to STEM is important, even during a pandemic, says UBCO prof

Parents can take advantage of programs and initiatives to promote science, engineering and math

Parents are increasingly looking for ways to promote an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to their children, especially as access to traditional learning environments has been made more challenging.

For Professor Jennifer Jakobi, exposing young people in the Okanagan to the STEM fields is critical as COVID-19 changes the way students and parents think about education.


UBCO is hosting its inaugural Sharon Thesen Lecture with Vernon-based author John Lent.
UBCO is hosting its inaugural Sharon Thesen Lecture with Vernon-based author John Lent.

UBCO presents inaugural Sharon Thesen Lecture

Okanagan icon John lent to give lecture on creative writing

The creative writing program at UBCO is hosting its inaugural Sharon Thesen Lecture with Vernon-based author John Lent.

His presentation is based on a writer’s and teacher’s journey through the power and promise of modernism and the teaching of creative writing.


International and Intercultural Program Advisor
International and Intercultural Program Advisor Saher Ahmed.

Saher Ahmed recognized by Canadian Bureau for International Education

Saher Ahmed recently received the Canadian Bureau for International Education's North Star Award for Emerging Leader in International Education.

Ahmed has worked with International Programs & Services since July 2017. In those three years, she has emerged as a leader who supports international students, faculty and staff.


Kirk Bergstrom, assistant professor of biology in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science.
Kirk Bergstrom, assistant professor of biology in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science.

UBCO research contributes to new understanding of gastro-intestinal mucus

Understanding how gut mucus packages microbiota could lead to new ways of disease detection

Gut mucus. It may not be everyone’s favourite subject, but new research from the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science has found it’s more complex and intimately linked to the body’s microbiota than previously thought.


Emergency student support the focus on National Philanthropy Day at UBC Okanagan

Timely donor support to boost student emergency assistance fund

As students near and far grapple with the challenges posed by COVID-19, UBC Okanagan marked National Philanthropy Day on November 15 by shining a spotlight on its student emergency assistance fund, which has recently been topped up thanks to local donor support and designed to give temporary financial relief to those most in need.


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