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UBCO Life is a newsletter delivered twice per month to continuing undergraduate students, featuring academic and social events, upcoming deadlines, university news, and other issues relevant to student life and success at UBC Okanagan.

Sep 18, 2019

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Now open: Student Learning Hub

Now open: Student Learning Hub

Welcome to your new one-stop-shop for FREE tutoring and learning resources at UBCO.

Starting this week, all UBCO learning supports and resources have been united into the Student Learning Hub. The Hub will better support students and reduce barriers to access by offering a single location for all your favourite on-campus learning services, including:

Math & Science Tutoring 
Writing & Language Learning Supports 
Study Skills Support 
Course-specific Supplemental Learning
Academic Integrity Matters

All services are now located in in LIB 237. Drop by to visit our new space and learn more about how the Hub can help you achieve your academic goals.

More about the Hub

The Hub will also continue to host helpful events and workshops throughout the year, including the following:

Upcoming events:

Back to Basics: high school math & science review

Date: September 18 (TODAY)
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: LIB 305

Feel fuzzy on high school math and science concepts? Forget how to factor? Feel lost without your calculator? Reboot your memory and refresh your skills with Back-to-Basics review sessions.

A foundation in high school math is essential to success in university-level chemistry, math, and physics. Back-to-Basics is a series of tutor-led review sessions that will help you relearn those important math concepts and get prepared for your first year science courses.


Planning a University Level Paper

Date: September 25 & 26
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: LIB 106B

To help ease the transition to university-level writing, we will share useful tools and key tips for success! This workshop is intended for first-year undergraduate students. Any questions about writing are welcome!

All upcoming events & workshops

Co-op applications open until September 30!

Co-op applications open until September 30!

At UBC Okanagan, the academics of most bachelor programs can be combined with real-world, paid work placements.

Employers and community partners who hire Co-op students come from a broad range of sectors: public institutions, non-profit agencies, and large corporations, to entrepreneurial start-ups and NGOs.

UBCO’s Co-op program is diverse for students too—open to undergraduate students in Arts, Engineering, Fine Arts, Human Kinetics, Management, Media Studies, and Science.

Apply now

Drop-in resume reviews

Drop-in resume reviews

Most employers spend 10-15 seconds reviewing a resume. Employers will look closer at your resume if you have articulated skills and experience that match what the employer is seeking. Once you have started your resume using the toolkit and examples below, book an appointment with a Job Coach to have your resume reviewed. 

Drop-in resume reviews are available every week in UNC 207 (Advising & Involvement Centre):

Monday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn more

Go Global

Want to study in France, Australia, or one of 78 other countries? Find out more with Go Global!

Are you interested in finding out more about how to incorporate an exchange or international learning experience into your degree? Go Global is hosting info sessions from the end of September throughout October to answer your questions!

Learn more

Create 2019

Create 2019:
welcoming our incoming class 

Did you attend Create 2019?

We checked in with some of our newest students on campus about why you chose UBCO and what you'd like to achieve during your time here.


Check out the video


Find your way to fairness. We can help.

The Ombuds Office is an independent, impartial and confidential resource to ensure that students at UBC are treated fairly in all aspects of university life. That means that we are not influenced by the university, we don’t take sides, and what you tell us stays with us (unless you say otherwise). We provide a place to discuss your concern and offer unbiased advice and guidance. We help you navigate systems that can be complicated and can support you as you find a constructive way to move forward.


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Food Fight

3,2,1 food fight!

Students are starving! The culprit is Food Insecurity, but its days of terrorizing post-secondary students are numbered. Interested in helping to conduct a research project that investigates food insecurity at UBCO? Join the food fight!  

Become a VOICE co-researcher today!


UBCO Homecoming - Sep 27 and 28

Homecoming is our premier celebration of school spirit — a chance for students and alumni to gather and celebrate UBC Okanagan.

Don't miss out on all of our free and low-cost events for students featuring great food, drinks, and amazing prizes, including:

A full list of events is available at: ok.ubc.ca/homecoming

Learn more

Learn more about how Homecoming and other initiatives are supporting UBC's Strategic Plan.

Scavenger Hunt

Homecoming Scavenger Hunt

Play and win amazing prizes in the annual Homecoming Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, September 28. Sign up your team of four for only $20. Your entry fee includes fantastic prizes, food, and Street Fest Fun!

Prize sponsors include: Monster, JBL, Fuji Instax, Herschel, Roots, Keurig mini and so much more...and everyone wins!

Sign Up Today

Dirty Dash

Dirty Dash: Oct 4

Residence Life and UBC Recreation have partnered to bring back a UBCO classic.

Gather your friends, bring your game face, and be prepared to get dirty. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed and fastest teams.

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Cost: $20 per team of four (each team will receive four $5 food truck vouchers on race day)

Learn more

Antagonism or solidarity?

Antagonism or solidarity?

Students are invited to join guest speaker Dinesh Wadiwel from the University of Sydney for a talk on humans, animals and labour time in Marx’s Capital.

The talk is on Friday, October 4, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in EME 1153

No registration is required and all are welcome to attend this free event.


Campus commuter challenge

Campus commuter challenge

Bike - Bus - Carpool - Walk

Sign-up to participate in the 1st Annual Campus Commuter Challenge from Sept. 23 to Oct. 4.

Register your commute, reduce emissions, and become eligible for great prizes.

Learn More

Undergraduate research awards

Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium: Sept. 17-19

Students, come out and support your peers!

Join us for presentations from the 2019 recipients of the Undergraduate Research Awards Program Sept.17-19 from 4-7pm in UNC 200.

Visit our website for more information about the Undergraduate Research Awards.

Learn more

Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Commitment Ceremony

All students, faculty and staff are invited to witness a declaration of commitments to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at a ceremony on September 24.

At this special ceremony, UBC Okanagan will officially commit to action on Truth and Reconciliation commitments relating to three areas: language fluency and culture; curriculum and scholarship; and intercultural understanding, professional development, and cultural orientation.


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Making connections

Making connections: making a difference 

scaling out a volunteer navigation intervention

Many seniors, particularly those being affected by chronic illness, experience loneliness and social isolation. Nav-CARE is a program in which highly trained volunteers work with seniors and family in the home to provide social support and enhance connections to the community with the goal of improving quality of life. This program has now been scaled out to communities across Canada. In this presentation, we will describe the development and evaluation of the Nav-CARE program and highlight the experiences of one hospice society in implementing this innovative service. This event is free and open to the public. 

When: Tuesday, October 8, 10 - 11:00 a.m. 

Where: Room 129- Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, UBC Okanagan


Register Now

Learn to manage anxiety

Learn to manage anxiety

Everyone experiences worries, anxiety, and stress. Y-Mindfulness Groups are here to help young people (ages 18 to 30) learn how to deal with anxiety and/or stress so they can live their best lives. The program is run by caring, trained staff, in a safe supportive environment. There is no cost to participate.

For more information or to register, contact: ymind@ymcaokanagan.ca

Information and registration will be held on Thursday, September 17 and 24th.

Group sessions will be held beginning Thursday evenings in October.


More counselling and mental health resources

Feeling overwhelmed or anxious?

Feeling overwhelmed or anxious?

Lowering Anxiety through Self-Regulation is a 5-week group series on how to manage anxiety through body awareness and principles of somatic experiencing.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 26 – Thursday, Oct. 24 at
Time: 6:30-8PM
Location: UNC 335 (upper collegia)

Email lois.hansenonline@gmail.com to register.


More counselling and mental health resources

Community Wellness

Community wellness

A drop-in group created by YOU, our students, to discuss any topics you choose (e.g., loneliness, relationships, anxiety, and stress).

Connect with other students, build relationships, and have fun!

Date: Mondays (starting Sep 16)
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m. (excluding holidays)
Location: UNC 325A


More counselling and mental health resources

Exercise helps manage anxiety

Exercise helps manage anxiety:
UBCO Run Club

Join the UBCO Run Club to learn more about how to run/walk your anxiety into the ground!

Date: Mondays & Wednesdays (starting Sep 9)
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Outside the Hangar


Join Now

What's with weed?

What's with weed?

Maybe you’re an avid user, have never tried cannabis, or use it socially. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, it’s important to know about emerging policies, how it affects your health, and what impacts cannabis can have on you or your friends.

Whatswithweed.ca has something for everyone with videos, quizzes, articles, and more. Try signing up for their free SMS service to receive daily texts about cannabis and impress everyone with your cannabis knowledge! Or, read ‘What’s Legal, What’s Not’ to find out the latest laws and regulations.

Learn more


Heat schedule

Heat schedule: upcoming home games

Men's Soccer:

Sept. 28 vs. UFV @ 3 p.m.

 Sept. 29 vs. Trinity Western @ 3 p.m.

Women's Soccer: 

Sept. 28 vs. UNBC @ 1 p.m.

 Sept.29 vs. Calgary @ 1 p.m.

Women's Basketball:

Sept. 27 vs. Lethbridge College @ 5 p.m. (Exhibition)

Sept. 28 vs. Lethbridge College @ 2 p.m. (Exhibition) 


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