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Dec. 2, 2020

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Employee News
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Show your local love

To date, 80 UBC Okanagan employees have given close to $40K to support those most vulnerable in our communities.

These needed funds are in support of the important work of the United Way Southern Interior BC to empower over 25 partner agencies to help vulnerable people improve their lives, and support identified and emerging needs as a result of COVID-19.

This year especially, consider donating to the UBCO United Way Campaign.


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Digital Declutter December

With most faculty and staff moving to remote teaching and working in 2020, the files being created, copied and updated, and email moving back-and-forth has increased exponentially.

Join Privacy Matters @ UBC and the University Records Management Office in participating in Digital Declutter December. Say goodbye to 2020 by working together as a team to purge and organize your shared files.

To find out more, visit: privacymatters.ubc.ca/digital-declutter


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Top tips for dealing with students concerns

TALK ABOUT EXPECTATIONS EARLY

  • Make an early and significant investment in clearly setting out the "rules of the game"
  • Talk clearly about your expectations and consequences
  • Students, faculty and staff are in a stronger place when they understand their roles, rights and responsibilities clearly
  • Faculty and staff have the responsibility to help prevent misunderstandings

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Dec. 5: Exam Jam

Exam Jam is an all-day virtual event that helps students prepare for their final exams, de-stress, develop more productive study habits and learn course content.

From therapy dogs, tech prep, yoga, and stress busters, to study skills support and essay exam workshops, Exam Jam has something for every student.

To find out more, visit: students.ok.ubc.ca/exam-jam


Call for nominations: Faculty and Student Researchers of the Year

Do you know an outstanding researcher?

The UBC Okanagan Researcher of the Year awards recognize faculty and students who have made a significant contribution to research during their time at UBC Okanagan.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit notice of nominations by December 4, 2020.

To find out more, visit: ors.ok.ubc.ca/awards


Help admit the 2021 incoming class

Personal Profile Readers needed

Volunteer Personal Profile readers are critical to the undergraduate admission process and in helping to shape our community of students on campus. The time commitment is flexible and reading can be counted toward university service hours for faculty members.

Readers are needed now. For more information about Personal Profile reading or to apply to be a volunteer, visit the Personal Profile reading webpage or email stephanie.woods@ubc.ca.


Work Study applications now open

$400,000 available annually to help fund on-campus student employment opportunities

Work Study applications are now open and being received until January 10, 2021 for 2021/22 summer and winter session funding.

Working on campus is an excellent way for students to learn through doing and develop professional skills required for life beyond university.

To apply or find out more, visit: students.ok.ubc.ca/career-experience/hire-a-student/work-study/eligibility


Parking Services to waive fees for term 2

Parking Services will continue to waive parking fees for term 2. Information will be posted regarding the summer semester at a later date. 

To find out more, visit: parking.ok.ubc.ca


Dec. 4: Narrative design for traditional and new media workshop

What makes for a memorable story? How does it happen in movies, video games, and VR?

Join award-winning writer and narrative designer Arthur Protasio in this immersive storytelling workshop.

Learn storytelling fundamentals and the challenges in crafting content for new media through Protasio's experience working on the Cobra Kai video game, Emmy-nominated Now Generation and more.

To register or find out more, visit: www.eventbrite.ca/e/storytelling-fundamentals-and-narrative-design-for-traditional-new-media


Dec. 14 to 17: Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology Winter Institute

Explore the changing landscape of online teaching and learning techniques with a week of free professional development workshops on teaching, learning and technology.

Registration for the 2020 CTLT Winter Institute is now open. To find out more, visit: institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/winter-institute-2/winter-institute-events


Dec. 16: Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation Town Hall

Phil Barker, vice-principal and associate vice-president, research and innovation, will be hosting a Town Hall update on December 16.

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and can submit questions in advance. To register or find out more, visit: events.ok.ubc.ca/event/vice-principal-research-and-innovation-town-hall


Reminder: ALT-2040 Fund call for proposals

Apply for funding to support innovative academic program enhancement, development and transformation. This year, applications have been streamlined to a single-stage process.

All proposals are due on January 15, 2021, at 3 p.m. To find out more, visit: alt-2040.ok.ubc.ca


Current staff postings

UBC Stories
Engineering professor Kasun Hewage.
Engineering professor Kasun Hewage.

Sustainable cities

UBC Okanagan engineers are uncovering innovative and impactful solutions to help urban environments address climate change.

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Currently accepting students for the 2021 academic year, the newly structured BA is designed to be responsive to students’ needs and to focus on learning in areas that are important for industry when hiring graduates.
Currently accepting students for the 2021 academic year, the newly structured BA is designed to be responsive to students’ needs and to focus on learning in areas that are important for industry when hiring graduates.

UBC Okanagan rethinks and relaunches its Bachelor of Arts program

'Not your grandparents' liberal arts degree,' says arts dean

In an era when there’s increasing emphasis on students to focus on science, technology, engineering and math—the STEM fields—UBC Okanagan is relaunching its Bachelor of Arts degree with an eye to making it even more relevant to today’s changing world.

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Peter Simpson, dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
Peter Simpson, dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Finding the fun: Peter Simpson's story

As he joins UBC Okanagan’s College of Graduate Studies as dean, Peter Simpson is focused on finding fun in academia

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The survey showed that 80 per cent of respondents indicated a willingness to use telehealth for follow-up appointments as part of their Parkinson’s treatment.
The survey showed that 80 per cent of respondents indicated a willingness to use telehealth for follow-up appointments as part of their Parkinson’s treatment.

Telehealth offers new rural health care options for Parkinson’s patients

Expanded access to specialized care and reduced travel key benefits for patients and caregivers

New research from the Southern Medical Program supports the use of telehealth in the care of Parkinson’s patients in rural communities, particularly within the Interior Health region.

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Shahria Alam, co-director of UBC’s Green Construction Research and Training Centre and the lead investigator of the study.
Shahria Alam, co-director of UBC’s Green Construction Research and Training Centre and the lead investigator of the study.

New UBCO research suggests recycled concrete could be a sustainable way to keep rubble out of landfills

Recycled concrete can even outperform traditional construction, says researcher

Results of a new five-year study of recycled concrete show that it performs as well, and in several cases even better, than conventional concrete.

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