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April 7, 2021

Events

Ongoing
Growth and Success for International Students

Ongoing
Badminton Ladder

Ongoing
Virtual Art Class

Ongoing
Golf Lessons

April 8
Modern Mindfulness: A Journey from the Buddha to the Lab

April 8
Climate Action Plan 2030 Virtual Open House

April 9
Juliet Winters Carpenter: Literary Translation from Abe to Zen

April 13
Art Hive

April 16
Okanagan Short Story Contest Winners Announcement

April 19 to 25
Virtual Run with Rec

April 21
Wood Sign Paint Night

April 21
Lunch and Lift

Workshops

Ongoing
Teaching Online Learning Community

Ongoing
Online Writing Communities

Ongoing
CTL Virtual Drop-in Hours

Ongoing
Tech Connect Drop-In

Ongoing
Graduate Online Learning Coach Weekly Drop-In Session

April 8
Rubric Development

April 9
Okanagan Clinical Neurosciences Grand Rounds

April 12
MD Virtual Admissions Information Session

April 13 and 21
Self and Community Care: Building skills to manage stress

April 14
Job Search: Finding and Applying for a Job

April 15
Thesis Formatting Q&A

April 15
Copyright and Fair Dealing for Graduate Students

April 20
Research Data Management

May 10 and 17
The Working Mind Virtual Training for Faculty and Staff

For more events and workshops visit ok.ubc.ca/events

Workshops

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It's UBC Giving Day

Join Development and Alumni Engagement for a 24-hour giving challenge that will bring donors, alumni and friends together to support the UBC causes that matter most to them.

Today is a day to support UBC Okanagan students. Your small gift could be the key to unlocking a Giving Day challenge to earn more money for your favourite UBCO cause.

To give or find out more, visit: givingday.ubc.ca


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April 12: UBC launches Global Engagement Strategy

This virtual event will feature local and global speakers in conversation on what it means to be a university in service to the world through equitable collaboration — from research on issues of global relevance to capacity development work and global educational experiences.

To register or find out more, visit: ubc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vy4EaulbQSSo16aRLVfq0g


Canadian journalist Nora Young

April 13: Distinguished Speaker Series returns

CBC JOURNALIST NORA YOUNG TAKES VIRTUAL STAGE

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science is pleased to bring highly-respected Canadian journalist Nora Young to the homes of Okanagan residents next week.

Young is the creator and host of Spark, CBC’s national radio show exploring technology and culture, and author of The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us.

To register or find out more, visit: speakers.ok.ubc.ca


STEM education for Indigenous youth in Canada

April 15: STEM education for Indigenous youth in Canada

Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic and the Faculty of Health & Social Development

Join an interactive discussion on the great potential and the importance of diversity in STEM, led by Dr. Jane Philpott and Dr. Jason Pennington. Panellists will discuss the barriers that prevent Indigenous youth from participating in STEM programs and will propose a path forward.

To register or find out more, visit the event page.


Cia Verschelden

May 18: Celebrate Learning Week Keynote

Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and other “Differentisms”

This year's Celebrate Learning Week Keynote Speaker is Cia Verschelden, special projects advisor for the integration of academic and student affairs at the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

In her keynote, she will discuss the bandwidth concept and explore strategies to help students be successful. 

Register or find out more...


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Share your insights on UBC's Climate Action Plan

In December 2019, UBC declared a climate emergency. As a result, the university is developing an ambitious Climate Action Plan (CAP2030) that will result in operation emissions reductions through clean energy solutions and energy-efficient technologies.

Now the campus community is being asked what they think can be done to meet the CAP 2030 goals.

Attend a virtual event and complete the CAP 2030 survey to share your perspective. To find out more visit: sustain.ok.ubc.ca/cap


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Hire co-op: Extend learning beyond the classroom this summer

With the largest cohort of students from the Interdisciplinary Co-op Program seeking work experiences, now is the time to consider hiring a student to support your department, unit or project.

The Co-op Office can help identify a viable experience, access student talent and assist with the hiring process — including providing onboarding guidance and training remotely.

To find out more, visit: coop.ok.ubc.ca/community-partners 


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April 15: Exam Jam 

study session event now cross-campus

This term, Exam Jam will centralize the resources and supports at both UBC campuses, harnessing the expertise of the peers and pros in the Student Learning Hub and the Chapman Learning Commons.

Students can choose from a variety of sessions, including math and science tutoring, time-management, essay exam workshops, wellness breaks and de-stress activities. 

To find out more, visit: students.ok.ubc.ca/academic-success/learning-hub/events-workshops/#exam


April 16: Where are all the Black people? Underrepresentation in the Academy

The next webinar in the series Where are all the Black People? Underrepresentation in the Academy will focus on Black women in STEM and feature speakers Dr. Natoshia Anderson and Dr. Maydianne Andrade.

To register or find out more, visit the Zoom registration page.


May 3 to 7: Get involved with Staff & Faculty Sports Week

Registration closes April 16

This year's Staff & Faculty Sports Week will deliver a unique virtual experience. Teams of four to six will participate in up to 25 different synchronous and asynchronous activities throughout the week.

Sports Week organizers are looking for volunteers to help out with virtual activities. If you want to get involved and help out, register online today.


UBCycles bike donations

UBCycles is asking the campus community to donate used bikes and bike parts. This will help increase the rental bike fleet, provide parts for repairs and provide future learning opportunities for bike maintenance workshops.

To book your donation appointment or find out more, visit: recreation.ok.ubc.ca/facilities/ubcycles


Consultations underway for draft Senate academic concession policy

The Senate Academic Policy Committee is seeking comment on draft policy O-135 Academic Concession.

The draft policy is a revision of the policy currently found in the Okanagan Academic Calendar. The revised policy is designed to formalize and clarify current practices with respect to student requests for academic concessions.

The deadline for comments is Wednesday, April 14. To find out more, visit: senate.ubc.ca/consultations-surveys


May 31: Skype for Business decommissioning

UBC IT is decommissioning Skype for Business (UBC Collaboration Suite) on May 31, 2021.

If you have a Skype for Business account, it will automatically switch to Microsoft Teams on that day to continue to support your collaboration needs.

UBC IT is also offering MS Teams overview sessions on April 29 and May 26. To register or find out more, visit: ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4NnQLz3Kxt6rvyC


Student and alumni external email security tag update

To assist students and alumni to more easily identify phishing emails, on May 5, UBC IT will be extending the external email security warning tag to all UBC student and alumni email accounts. 

In preparation, faculty and staff are asked to log any off-campus services used to distribute messaging to UBC audiences.

New exemptions can be submitted via the exemption nomination form. To update existing exemptions, email privacy.matters@ubc.ca.

Upcoming PD learning opportunities for April and May

These professional development opportunities are being offered to faculty and staff in April and May: 

For more information, contact Workplace Learning and Engagement Consultant Erin Gardiner at erin.gardiner@ubc.ca or 250 317 2866.


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The Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency (BNLF) program is designed to work closely with the community to provide a comprehensive and high-quality education.
The Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency (BNLF) program is designed to work closely with the community to provide a comprehensive and high-quality education in Nsyilxcn.

UBC Okanagan to offer Canada’s first bachelor’s degree of Indigenous language fluency

Undergraduate degree taught in Nsyilxcn the first of many to come, degree organizers say

UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation, is set to become the first university in Canada to offer a bachelor’s degree in Indigenous language fluency.

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Jodey Castricano, associate professor of English and cultural studies.
Jodey Castricano, associate professor of English and cultural studies.

Welcome to the Anthropocene. Now what? Jodey Castricano's story

Dr. Jodey Castricano aligns teaching and research in the humanities with public-facing, real-world issues.

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Shahria Alam, professor of engineering.
Shahria Alam, professor of engineering.

Smart structurist: Shahria Alam's story

Dr. Shahria Alam is helping to make bridges and buildings safer, more sustainable and resilient to hazards.

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Event winner Robyn Thomas and runner-up Elizabeth Houghton with Dr. Peter Simpson, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Katrina Plamondon, featured speaker and assistant professor, and Dr. Lesley Cormack, UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
Event winner Robyn Thomas and runner-up Elizabeth Houghton with Dr. Peter Simpson, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Katrina Plamondon, featured speaker and assistant professor, and Dr. Lesley Cormack, UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Master's student captures top prize at UBCO’s 3MT final

Finalists raced against the clock to present their work in a winning way

A compelling presentation of a topic all too familiar to some secured the top spot at the eighth annual UBC Okanagan Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

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UBC Okanagan Heat men's rugby team was one of the fundraising projects for Giving Day.
UBC Okanagan Heat Men's Rugby team is one of the fundraising projects for Giving Day. An additional $500 will be unlocked when a specific challenge is completed.

UBCO hosts virtual Giving Day

Fast-paced 24-hour event included several fundraising challenges

Students helping students is a common theme at UBC Okanagan.

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UBCO Heat cross country athlete Emma Kearns is one of many student athletes who benefit from contributions from the community.
UBCO Heat cross country athlete Emma Kearns is one of many student athletes who benefit from contributions from the community.

Giving Day provides a unique opportunity to support UBCO’s athletes

One day event will help grow scholarship opportunities and support programs

The past year has thrown many off their game, and it’s always welcome when support from others can help keep people on track.

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BFA student Stephanie Tennert works in her home studio on a drawing in preparation for the year-end exhibition.
BFA student Stephanie Tennert works in her home studio on a drawing in preparation for the year-end exhibition.

UBCO visual arts students host year-end exhibition

Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates present final work with a virtual show

Each spring, graduating visual arts students prepare a final exhibition as they complete their program. This year’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) show, titled Up Close from a Distance, will be shared as a virtual exhibition.

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Acting as natural reservoirs, forests in watersheds release and purify water by slowing erosion and delaying its release into streams.
Acting as natural reservoirs, forests in watersheds release and purify water by slowing erosion and delaying its release into streams.

UBCO researcher recommends systematic approach to forest and water supply management

Human and natural changes to forests impacting natural filtration system

New research from the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science suggests a systematic approach to forest and water supply research may yield an improved assessment and understanding of connections between the two.

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UBCO experts comment on sustainability practices of eggs and chocolate (Photo: Tetiana SHYSHKINA on Unsplash)UBCO experts comment on sustainability practices of eggs and chocolate (Photo: Tetiana SHYSHKINA on Unsplash)

Spring can be a time for 'green eggs and chocolate' say UBCO experts

Sustainability experts comment on the environmental impacts of seasonal treats

The arrival of spring and Easter is often celebrated with egg-containing delicacies and all-things chocolate.

Experts from the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science and Faculty of Management offer insight into the sustainability of these products and how to purchase wisely.

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A UBC professor says the WHO exercise guidelines for people with disabilities miss the mark because they are not based on people who exercise mainly with their arms.
A UBC professor says the WHO exercise guidelines for people with disabilities miss the mark because they are not based on people who exercise mainly with their arms.

UBCO professor questions World Health Organization

Physical activity guidelines for people living with disabilities miss the mark

A UBCO researcher is calling out the World Health Organization’s newly introduced activity and sedentary guidelines for people living with disabilities.

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A team of researchers has determined the declining caribou population is part of a natural chain reaction from forest harvesting which can attract predators and competition for food. Photo by: Caribou Monitoring Unit
A team of researchers has determined the declining caribou population is part of a natural chain reaction from forest harvesting which can attract predators and competition for food. Photo by: Caribou Monitoring Unit

Declining caribou population victim of ecological chain reaction

Researchers examine landscape, food supply, predator-prey relationships

A new study comparing decades of environmental monitoring records has confirmed that Canada’s caribou are not faring as well as other animals like moose and wolves in the same areas — and also teased out why.

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Collective evidence suggests exercise can reduce fall rates in older adults by 21 per cent.
Collective evidence suggests exercise can reduce fall rates in older adults by 21 per cent.

UBC Okanagan researcher discusses approaches to keep seniors' injuries to a minimum

Fall prevention key to keeping older adults healthy and saving health care dollars

Dr. Jennifer Davis, along with many UBCO researchers, spends much of her time looking for ways to keep our older adult population healthy. As co-director of operations of the Falls Prevention Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital, she discusses the importance of healthy aging as well as the health and cost-implications of falls to older adults.

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