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Online sales of parking passes open today for faculty and staff
New parking policies and regulations -- including changes to fees, lot designations and parking pass types -- will come into effect at UBC Okanagan on September 1, 2009.

Among the most significant changes is the elimination of separate staff and student parking permits and lot designations. Now, parking passes will be sold to individuals based on lot location. The cost to park in a specific lot will be determined by the lot's proximity to campus buildings. Each lot -- and each parking pass -- will be designated by a letter and colour, and your parking pass will be valid in one specific lot only (no exceptions).

Parking spaces in each lot will be sold on a first-come, first-choice basis by submitting an online Parking application to reserve a space. Staff can reserve passes online starting today, July 29. Once a pass has been paid for or you have signed up for payroll deduction, passes will be available for pickup at Parking Services after August 4. Student applications for parking will start August 17.

Read about all the parking changes

Apply online for a parking pass

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Registration now open for New Faculty and Staff Orientation
Need to get more information on benefits? Interested in what's offered at the gym? Want to know who else is new to UBC Okanagan? Need to know where the cafeteria is, or who can help provide setup for an audio-visual presentation?

Get the answers to these, and many other questions, at the annual New Faculty and Staff Orientation, being held Tuesday, Sept. 1. The orientation is just one of several events planned for that day.

Deputy Vice Chancellor's town hall
: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Student Service Centre lecture theatre, room SSC026

Orientation Fair
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Campus courtyard.

Welcome Back Staff and Faculty BBQ
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Campus courtyard, adjacent to the Orientation Fair.

To register for the New Faculty and Staff orientation contact humanresources.ubco@ubc.ca by Monday, Aug. 24.

New faculty members please note: the Research Orientation day focused on research opportunities, policies and procedures is set for Sept. 2. For more information visit the Research Services website.

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Volunteers needed for Create and Create Showcase
Volunteers needed for Create and Create Showcase
Create, UBC Okanagan's New Student Orientation program, is fast approaching and event organizers are calling out to the campus community to participate in the day's events.

"Classes have been cancelled on Sept. 8 to allow everyone to give a great welcome to all students who are new to campus," says Orientation Coordinator Chelsea Butchart. "This year's event has a number of volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in participating -- help is needed for early morning setup, lunch service, as well as carnival game and snack booths attendants."

The afternoon Create Showcase is also an excellent opportunity to inform new students about the programs, units and departments at UBC Okanagan. Units can use this time to directly help new students find out about the useful and important resources available to them.

To get involved in this year's Create festivities contact Chelsea Butchart, orientation coordinator, at 79820. For more information visit the Create website.

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Conferences and Accommodation host United Church
General Council, Aug. 8 to 15

This August more than 650 United Church participants from across Canada will be staying at UBC Okanagan, the venue for the United Church of Canada's 40th General Council in Kelowna. The national gathering every three years elects church leaders and considers new church policies.

All of the group's meals will be held on campus and provided by Aramark Catering.

Two large community worship services in the gymnasium are open to the campus community and general public on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and Saturday, Aug. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information about this event contact UBC Okanagan Conferences and Accommodation.

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First-ever summertime corn roast Aug. 19
Summertime in the Okanagan just isn't complete without an ol' fashioned corn roast. At noon in the courtyard on Aug. 19, UBC Okanagan Campus Life will be hosting the first-ever on-campus corn roast -- trading freshly roasted corn on the cob for non-perishable food items. What better way to spend a lunch hour on campus in the middle of August?

All items collected will support the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

For more information contact Chelsea Butchart, orientation coordinator, at 250.807.9820. For more information on supporting the Kelowna Food Bank visit: http://www.kelownafoodbank.com/

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Uni-cycles program: extra mobility for campus community
It's not a new academic program about unicycles, and not necessarily a program for performers or those with amazing balance. Campus Life's new uni-cycle program launching in September will loan bicycles to students, staff and faculty members free of charge.

Available for an hour, a day, or even a weekend, this program features road and mountain bicycles to help members of the campus community get to where they need to go -- around campus, through any of the trails near campus, places that are far from bus routes -- or for anyone looking to head off-road for a weekend.

Bicycles will be available to any student, staff or faculty member on a first-come, first-served basis. For more about this new program contact Chelsea Butchart, orientation coordinator, at 79820.

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Reminder: Continuing Studies offers wine school Aug. 10 to 14
Twenty spots are still available for faculty and staff interested in attending the new UBC Okanagan Wine School offered by Continuing Studies this summer.

The Wine School from Aug. 10 to 14 includes tours of selected vineyards and wineries, and incorporates the foundation level of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) course, an internationally recognized qualification providing a straightforward introduction to wine.

Most employee groups can apply tuition waiver benefits to reimburse or offset the cost of this and most other Continuing Studies courses. Visit the UBC HR Benefits website for more detailed information on particular tuition benefits for your employee group (click on your employee group on the right-hand side).

For more information visit the Continuing Studies website or read the May 7 wine school media release.
Reminder: Continuing Studies offers wine school Aug. 10 to 14

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New student recruiter joins campus community
Just in time for the start of a new school year, Student Recruitment and Advising has added a new face. Student recruiter Carrie Karsgaard has joined the campus community from Vancouver where she served as an English and social studies high school teacher for the past nine years.

Karsgaard is a graduate of the University of Alberta, earning her bachelor's degree in education in English and history. She is also a graduate student at Regent College in Vancouver, continuing her focus on literature and education.

"It was an obvious choice to join UBC Okanagan," she says. "Kelowna is the perfect place to focus on the important things in life: family, food, reading, running and recreation."

A warm campus community welcome to Carrie.

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Human Rights and Equity Services gains new Equity Advisor
Kamilla Bahbahani, UBC Okanagan's new equity advisor, is no stranger to the halls of UBC Okanagan, having spent the past year as a lecturer with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Bahbahani has a PhD in Urban Services Education from Old Dominion University, focusing on areas of curriculum design, teacher education, multiculturalism and culture. Beyond her experience in academia, she has designed and delivered interactive training for exploring sensitive issues and facilitated workshops on education, relationship and communication issues across North America and Europe.

Bahbahani has also worked with Indigenous peoples throughout Canada and Asia, and has conducted specific research with the Indigenous peoples of Kyrgyzstan and Buryatia. Recently, she has been involved with the development of a protocol for dealing with diverse forms of discrimination in the Central Okanagan. She sees her new equity advisor position as a natural extension of this experience.

Bahbahani will take up her new role on Monday, Aug. 17. An equity advisor from the Vancouver campus will also be on campus on Aug. 4 and 5 to attend to any equity and human rights matters. For urgent discrimination and harassment matters, please email equity@equity.ubc.ca or call the Vancouver Equity Office at 26343 or toll-free 1.866.596.0767, ext. 26353.

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New Student Services
intern appointed

Glenn Yang, a recent psychology graduate and one of the 2008 recipients of the International Student Community Achievement Award, has been selected as one of two new student interns for the upcoming academic year.

"Glenn is an accomplished student, a dedicated volunteer and will bring a tremendous focus and dedication to Student Services this year," says Mary Demarinis, director of student development and advising. "He's excited about this opportunity and we're excited to get him started."

Yang is featured in UBCO.TV's International Student Community Achievement award showcase.
New Student Services intern appointed

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Student researches public perception of mentally ill offenders
A research project by UBC Okanagan psychology student Nicol Patricny is looking at the public's perceptions of guilt and blame in mentally ill people who have committed a violent crime.

"The aim of the project is to examine people's opinions about how much guilt mentally ill violent offenders feel for their offense, as well as how much the offenders themselves blame external sources such as outside social pressures, versus internal sources such as poor self-control," says Patricny, who is entering the fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology (honours) program.

"As well," says Patricny, "the study will examine how public opinions of guilt in mentally ill offenders vary across different categories of mental illness, including psychotic disorders, mood disorders and personality disorders.


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Research Orientation Day provides opportunities
for new faculty members

New to campus? Looking for information about research opportunities, policies and procedures? Want to find out more about the diverse range of research being conducted on campus?

UBC Okanagan's annual Research Orientation Day on Sept. 2 is targeted at both recent PhDs and experienced senior faculty who are new to the campus community. This year's workshop will introduce participants to research opportunities, policies and procedures at UBC Okanagan.

The event is free and open to all new faculty members who have joined or will be joining UBC Okanagan between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2009. Refreshments, lunch, coffee breaks and a post-orientation reception are included with registration.

To register, and find out more about the day's events, visit the Research Services website or contact Kristen Kane, research officer, at 78832.

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Minute-taking workshop
Meeting minutes provide an important record of discussion and decisions. Whether meeting minutes are a regular or occasional responsibility, participants will leave this workshop with increased confidence in their recording skills.

Facilitator Ingrid Tilstra, administrative assistant for the Board of Governor's office, will teach participants about the fine art of minute-taking at this half-day course.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 13
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Mountain Weather Office downstairs boardroom, room MWO110
Cost: $50

To register for this workshop visit the UBC Okanagan Professional Development Workshops and Events website or contact Connie Neid, HR Assistant, at 78624.

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Smart Forms training
Smart Forms are web-based requisition forms that replace paper-based requisition forms (Q-Requisitions and Travel Requisitions). This session is limited to 12 participants.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 20
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fine Arts and Health building, room FIN142

To register contact Karen Davis or Gabriel Gock in accounts payable. Please include your CWL login ID, your phone number and email address.

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Accounting 101 and Finance overview
This course is intended for new employees and current employees who are assuming new finance responsibilities. It describes the structure of the UBC Finance Department, offers key contact information, and introduces employees to the basics of UBC accounting. Topics covered will include the roles of Payroll, Accounts Payable, Research and Trust Accounting, basic accounting practices, UBC account structure, and fund accounting.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Arts building, room ART374

To register: contact Frank Mueller, financial analyst, at 78726.

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Navigating FMS nQuery
This course is intended for anyone on campus that has access to FMS nQuery. It provides participants with an overview of the FMS nQuery menu items and program features. An on-screen demonstration will highlight key options available and how to use them. The topics covered will include how to navigate this read-only system for various purposes: voucher inquiries, payments, vendor searches, purchase orders, ledger summaries and various payroll functions.

Participants are recommended to attend the Accounting 101 and Finance Overview workshop in advance of attending this workshop.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 25
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Arts building, room ART215

To register: contact Frank Mueller, financial analyst, at 78726.

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July 29, 2009


Welcome party for new collegia spaces Aug. 6
Three new collegia spaces are opening to students this September and on Thursday, Aug. 6, all faculty and staff are invited to get better acquainted with these new student-focused University Centre spaces.

The new First- and Second-Year collegium and the Upper-level Student collegium -- located in UC336 and UC335 respectively -- and the Aboriginal collegium, located in UC210, are all beautiful locations that provide spaces for students to use and enjoy while on campus. Each collegium has a relaxing lounge-style atmosphere and is outfitted with comfortable furniture, individual and group work spaces, and kitchen facilities.

The welcome party will feature informal tours of the new collegia spaces. Snacks and light refreshments will also be provided.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 6
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, rooms UC335 and UC336

For more information about the Collegia program visit the Campus Life website or contact Chelsea Butchart, Orientation Coordinator, at 250.807.9820.

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EventsUBCO.TV spotlight
Revisit the important ideas discussed at the 2009 Health and Sustainability Symposium. They're now accessible to anyone and everyone on UBCO.TV.

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