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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.

Feb 20, 2020

In this issue:

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UBCO wants to hire you

Ever wondered how to get a job on campus?

During the month of February, UBCO is hiring hundreds of student positions for the upcoming school year. Take a look at the Job Board from Feb 1-29 to see all the different ways you can explore your interests and enhance your experience right here on campus.

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Need to work on your resume?

Drop-in resume reviews all February long in UNC 207:

  • Mondays/Wednesdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Upcoming resume writing workshop:

Feb. 24: 3 - 4 p.m. in UNC 208

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Job Board Contest

Job board contest - upload your resume to win!

Contest alert! Get started on your summer/fall job search to win one of four $25 Starbucks gift cards.

How to win

During the month of February: 

  1. Log in to the UBCO Job Board
  2. Upload your resume
  3. That's it - you're in the draw! 

Job board

Festival of Ideas

March 5: Introducing the Festival of Ideas

A year-long line-up of events has been curated to inspire ideas and catalyze conversation, in celebration of the campus' 15th anniversary. Join the inaugural event on March 5, a solution-focused panel discussion on Igniting greater civic engagement in our community and province, with the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and three speakers. 

To learn more and register, visit:

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In Honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Feb 26: In Honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

From the British Columbia’s Highway of Tears to the East Coast, Indigenous women continue to disappear and the system continues to turn a blind eye. This valley is no exception to the rule as the remains of an Indigenous girl were found on a farm in the North Okanagan and nobody charged with the fatality.

Come hear first hand the importance Indigenous community plays in turning the tide on this epidemic. In Honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is a UBC sponsored event and will feature Indigenous community members sharing their journey along this often lonely path and how healing must come from within.

When: 2 p.m., Feb. 26

Where: UNC Ballroom (UNC 200)

Register Here

Rock your LinkedIn profile

Rock your LinkedIn profile

Are you getting the most out of your LinkedIn profile? Whether you're just starting out with LinkedIn or you've been using the platform for years, learn how you can most effectively use this tool to support  your career goals. 

Wed, Feb. 26 11 - 1 p.m. in LIB 106

Tues, Mar. 3: 5 - 7 p.m. in EME 2141

Mon, Mar. 9: 3 - 5 p.m. in LIB 106

Fri, Mar. 20: 1 - 3 p.m. in LIB 106

Wed, Apr. 1: 3 - 5 p.m. in LIB 106

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OUT Week Breakfast

OUT Week Breakfast

The Positive Space Committee and UBCSUO Pride Resource Centre invite you to help kick-off OUT Week 2020 with a drop-in breakfast in the Commons Engagement Theatre, COM 104. Hear about OUT Week events, learn about campus initiatives and local resources. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

When: March 2 @ 9:30 a.m.

Where: COM 104

UBCSUO Board of Directors Election

UBCSUO Board of Directors Election

The 2020 UBCSUO Board of Directors Election is in full swing! This year’s campaign period is running from February 24 to March 4. All candidate campaign platforms will be available via the UBCSUO website and The Phoenix News.

Annual candidate debates will be held February 25 and 26 at 5:30 p.m. in ARTS 214 and live-streamed by the Phoenix News. The debates are a great opportunity to ask our candidates any questions you may have regarding their specific ideas and platforms or to get a better idea of what goals each candidate has!

All voting will take place between March 2nd and 4th online via WebVote on the SSC.

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Big White Student Day

March 7: Big White Student Day

For two Saturdays each winter, UBC Recreation partners with Big White Ski Resort to offer incredible deals on skiing & snowboarding lift tickets, rentals, & lessons. These prices can not be beat and are only available when purchasing in advance through UBC Recreation.

Not into skiing & snowboarding? No problem! Experience the Big White village and see what all the fun is about on the mountain. Skating, tubing, ice climbing & more also available in the Happy Valley Adventure Park.

Winter 2020 Student Day pricing

Enjoy a full day of affordable fun at Big White Ski Resort:

$12 round-trip bus $55 lift ticket $45 group lesson $40 rentals

Beginner Discovery Packages: these are perfect (and the highly recommended option) for those that have never skied or snowboarded before. They include all equipment (including helmet), a beginner area lift ticket, and lessons.

$120 – Half day beginner discovery (includes one, 2 hour group lesson)

$150 – Full day beginner discovery (includes two, 2 hour group lessons)

Register Here

Distinguished Speaker Series

Lera Boroditsky on language and the way we think

Thank you to those who attended the Jan. 29 Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series talk with cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky. Before the event, Boroditsky was asked some big questions about language and thought.

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Planning to graduate this year?

Did you know you need to apply to graduate in order to receive your degree?

Regardless of whether or not you plan to attend the June 2020 graduation ceremonies, you must apply to graduate before Feb. 28, 2020. 
You will not receive your degree if you don't apply to graduate. 

Complete the Graduation Application on the Student Service Centre (SSC) by selecting Graduation -> Apply to Graduate

Apply Here

Feb 26 - Grad rundown

Grad rundown is an information session for all graduating students, covering everything from applying to graduate to the perks of becoming a UBC alumnus. It’s free and snacks are provided.

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Plant Forward

Plant Forward pitch contest

Help us work towards healthier and more sustainable food on campus.

Plant forward pitch contest is a "Dragons' Den" style event meant to help students create the change they want to see on campus. Applications are open now, in which you are invited to create a pitch (program, idea, campaign, or innovation) that will help create a healthier food culture on campus.

Submit your idea by Friday, February 28.

Live Event: Thursday, March 5, 12 p.m. Fipke Foyer!

Apply Here

Real Food Stamp Card

We Dig Real Food stamp card program

Would you like to be rewarded for your healthy food choices?

UBCO Food Services has launched a new stamp card dining program called We Dig Real Food, which promotes dietitian-approved menu choices at five on-campus dining locations: Sunshine, Picnic, Comma, Rocket and Spoon. The program is open to UBCO students, faculty and staff.

When you select a menu item marked with a ♥ icon, you’ll receive a stamp. Buy 7 meals with a ♥ icon, and get your next meal free!

Menu items change regularly, and include options that take into account a wide variety of dietary options, including plant-forward and allergen-aware. The goal is to provide students and staff with items that are nutritionally-balanced and prepared in-house whenever possible, offering diners a chance to try something new on the menu, and nourish their bodies at the same time.

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IPS Events

Upcoming IPS Events

Culture in the Canadian Work Place: Mar. 2, 2020, 5 p.m. @ ASC 130
Find out what it is like to look for work in Canada and what tools you need to stand out and get ahead. Discover job preparation strategies and develop key intercultural skills that will help you secure a job. 

The Power of LinkedIn and your Online Social Media Presence: Mar. 3, 2020, 5 p.m. @ EME 2141
Find out how to use LinkedIn to network and make connections. Registered ICDP members will have the chance to update their LinkedIn photo. 

Alumni Panel: Mar. 4, 2020, 5 p.m. @ SCI 377
Hear from former UBC students who have successfully entered the Canadian job market. See how they launched into the job market and landed their first post-UBC job. Ask questions and get real-world tips for getting hired and inspired. 

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Move UBC

Move more, move well, and keep moving!

This February, explore ways to fit physical activity into your day during Move UBC Month! Small changes can add up to big impacts - moving more can help improve mental health and resilience, boost your creativity and productivity, and even improve your sleep. 

Here are just a few ways to take part in Move UBC month!

  • Active Wear Wednesdays: It's easier than ever to get moving this month. Wear your athletic gear on Wednesdays and check out the Okanagan Trails, try a class at the Hangar, or just schedule a lunchtime stroll! 
  • Wellbeing Challenge: The Wellbeing Challenge is back, Feb 24 - March 6, and this time it's gone digital! Discover ways to nourish your body and be more active on campus with this fun, self-paced scavenger hunt.

Check out the Move UBC event calendar for lots of great ways to get moving. 

Register here

Campus-to-Campus run

Popular campus-to-campus run returns in 2020

Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan are partnering to revitalize the popular campus-to-campus half-marathon and relay race for the first time in a decade. Runners (UBCO and OC students, staff, faculty and community) are invited to lace up on Saturday, April 4 to run a 21.1 km route starting on campus, travelling down the Okanagan Rail Trail to the Waterfront Trail. The run ends at the College campus on KLO Road with music, food, drink and prizes — a big celebration of campus connections.

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Equity Enhancement Fund

UBC Equity Enhancement Fund

Do you have a bright idea to help build a more inclusive UBC? The Equity Enhancement Fund can assist you!

The fund supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and intercultural understanding at UBC.

Small and large project applications are welcome. Students, staff and faculty are invited to apply by February 26, 2020.

Attend the Proposal Writing Workshop: Feb. 12, ART 276 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

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UBC wants to hear from you

Have you taken the NSSE survey yet? You could win a $100 Amazon GC

First and fourth-year undergraduate students: check your email for your invitation to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey only takes about 20 minutes to complete, and all students who complete the survey will be entered into a draw for 1 of 10 $100 Amazon gift cards. 

Your participation is important - it will provide crucial feedback to UBC about your experiences, and help shape the programs, services, and initiatives that support you and other students to succeed at UBC and beyond. It will also allow us to compare UBC students' experiences with the experiences of students attending other universities. 

Refer to your survey invitation for instructions on how to complete the survey. 

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Sharron Simpson Award

Turn your passion into an opportunity

The Sharron Simpson Family Community Impact Award provides up to $2,500 to enable students to pursue a non-academic passion and pay it forward to the community.

Applications accepted until February 28, 2020

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