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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.

Dec 19, 2019

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Life Raft Debate

UBCO Life Raft Debate

In the 2nd annual UBCO Life Raft debate we imagine that a zombie apocalypse has wiped out most of humanity and the survivors (the audience) must sail off to rebuild society. Only one final seat remains on the life raft and five professors will each argue that their discipline is the one indispensable area of study that the new civilization will need to survive. Finally, one professor will take on the role of devil’s advocate and argue that the survivors should actually choose no one and that their new society will be better off without a professor aboard.

Join us after the debate for an ice cream social, hosted by alumni UBC and the UBCO Ice Cream Club.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Where: COM 201

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Live on residence

Live in residence next year! 

Don't miss out on living in residence next year. Spots fill up fast and if you apply after the deadline there is no guarantee that you will get a spot in residence. Apply by February 1, 2020, to give yourself a chance to live in residence next year. 

Apply now

Art on the Line

Art on the Line

This popular annual event brings together the local arts community to celebrate the work of our students, faculty, alumni, as well as artists practicing in the community in the spirit of raising funds. The evening is an entertaining art raffle with many more exciting prizes available to be won like over 100 works of art are collected from local artists, faculty, and students. One ticket admits two people to the event, and guarantees winning one work of art from the collection. Even the last ticket drawn has a choice from over 20 works, which creates an atmosphere of suspense and entertainment. Funds raised from this event are distributed amongst the Visual Arts Course Union to financially aid with events such as the 4th year graduate exhibition, visiting artists, and art focused student trips. Each year, 10% of the proceeds go to a local charity. 

What: 18th Annual Art on the Line Gala and Fundraiser - with your host, Michael V. Smith!

When: Saturday, February 1, 2020. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: UBC Okanagan Fipke Building - 3247 University Way

Cost: $190 (One ticket admits 2 people, guarantees 1 piece of artwork), or $10 can be purchased at the door for guests who want to attend the event, but not purchase a piece of artwork. 

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Expanded list of compostable items on campus

More items can now be composted in the bright yellow bins around campus. The expanded list of acceptable material includes all organic food, bread, meat and bones, wooden utensils and chopsticks, wax paper, napkins, paper hand towels, coffee filters, tea bags, and containers stamped constable. 

Pizza boxes can also be stacked next to waste sorting stations on the main floors of campus buildings for collection. 

Make sure you stop and check what is compostable before sorting your waste!

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Grad Info Sessions

Grad Information Sessions

Grad Photos

Celebrate your upcoming graduation with a professional photo in cap and gown or in business attire. The same company that supports photography at Convocation - GradImages - will conduct these sessions. No sitting fee. No obligation. No appointment necessary. Various photo package options available for purchase. 

Attend one of our optional & convenient on-campus photo sessions where you arrive with your best face on and we provide the grad gowns. 

All dates are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Dates are Jan. 28, 29 and 30 in the Fipke Foyer.

Grad Rundown Information Sessions

Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m., repeated February 26, 5 p.m. at Art 103.

Are you graduating this June? The deadline to apply is February 27th! Grad Rundown is an info session that goes over how to apply to graduate, grad photos, convocation, and the perks of being a UBC Alumni! We will have lots of time for your questions in this one-hour session. Treats will be provided!

For more info, see the grad website or come to the Advising & Involvement Centre, UNC 207. 

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Scent Free

We Share the Air - Scent Awareness

Did you know?

There are scent sensitive individuals on campus. Scented products can cause problems for many people, especially those with asthma, allergies or environmental illnesses. 

What can I do?

Refrain from wearing scented products at UBC, especially perfumes, colognes, essential oils and materials designed specifically for their scent. Even naturally scented materials can cause reactions. By choosing not to wear scented products, you are being compassionate and accommodating to everyone on campus. Be respectful and help make UBC a unscented safe place for everyone.

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New Collegia hours

Collegia holiday hours

UNC 335 - Upper Levels (Senior) Collegium

  • Mon Jan 6 to Fri Jan 10 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Mon Jan 13 to Thur Jan 16 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (regular hours)
  • Fri Jan 17 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (regular hours)

UNC 336 - First and Second Year (Junior) Collegium

  • Mon Jan 6 to Fri Jan 10 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Mon Jan 13 to Thur Jan 16 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (regular hours)
  • Fri Jan 17 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (regular hours)

EME 0252 - Global Collegium

  • Mon Jan 6 to Fri Jan 10 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Mon Jan 13 to Thur Jan 16 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (regular hours)
  • Fri Jan 17 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (regular hours) 

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Improved Student Printing

Improved Student Printing!

UBC IT Okanagan is improving student printing across campus:

  • NEW printers with more options: print, copy & scan!
  • New locations with easier access.
  • Swipe to print at ANY student printer! 

New printers will be installed and ready for the start of term January 2020.

More info

Work as an RA

Work in residence life

We’re looking for passionate, dedicated, caring UBC students of all ages to join our vibrant team in 2019/20.

Working in Residence Life is a valuable way to build important leadership skills, help other students succeed socially and academically, and earn income during the school year.

Residence Life staff inspire communities, plan events, lend an ear when needed, and—most importantly—help create lifelong memories for residents and themselves.

Apply online by January 19. 

Apply now

Creative Days

Creative Days

Portfolio Day

Get advice on building an entrance portfolio, or obtain pre-approval for the portfolio requirement for the Visual Arts BFA program. January 11, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Creative Days Workshops

  • Sculpture with David Doody. January 11, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Indigenous Centered Landscapes through Cyanotope with Tania Willard. January 18, 2020, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

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Edible Cannabis

Edible Cannabis

The Government of Canada legalized edible cannabis products in October 2019. This means edible cannabis products will be available in official retail stores by December 2019. Check out this infographic from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction to understand the differences between inhaling and ingesting cannabis.

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UBCO Fiction Competition

Submissions welcome for UBC Okanagan's annual fiction competition

Authors encouraged to put pen to paper and get creative

Budding writers are urged to submit their entries for the 22nd annual Okanagan Short Story Contest. FCCS is offering cash prizes to the top three stories - $1,000, $400 and $200; the first prize winner also wins a one-week retreat at The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre in Kelowna. Entries must be received by 11:15 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2020. Submissions will be judged by faculty from the Creative Writing Program, and Okanagan icon, poet, editor, and fiction writer, John Lent.   

Submit now

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Series

Coming January 2020

Offered in partnership with the Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym, learn to climb, receive your belay certificate and feel confident on the wall with this 4 session series. 

Each session is 1.5 hours & participants must attend every session. 

Thursdays: Jan. 23 - Feb. 13, 2020

Cost: $30 per person

Register Now

Ombuds Office

Meetings - Shift Your Attitude

During your time at university, you may need to meet with a professor to discuss a grade or decision that you are not satisfied with. Or perhaps a professor or other faculty member may request that you attend a meeting to discuss your performance, your professionalism, or a particular incident. 

Your approach and the attitude you exhibit during the meeting can strongly influence the outcome of the meeting. These face-to-face interactions can be a good opportunity to seek information, gain an understanding of procedures and expectations, and to demonstrate your commitment and motivation. 

Keep these tips in mind

Voices in the Valley

Be the Voice of Mental Health at UBCO

Saturday, January 25th, we want to hear from UBCO students who are passionate about well-being and mental health on the UBCO campus! UBCO is hosting its first-ever regional Jack Summit: Voices in the Valley. This event is free to students and includes your lunch and snacks. We're going to have a panel discussion with experts and advocates in mental health and workshops to address topics relevant to the UBCO population. We'll also hear from Kate Wright, the team captain of Canada's national field hockey team! Join us for a day where we'll talk about how to revolutionize mental health here in the Okanagan for youth and young adults. Be sure to register by January 15th, as we have limited spots. 

Register Here

Art Hive

Art Hive returns in 2020 - volunteers needed

Art Hive is now closed for the term.

Want to get involved? The Art Hive is now looking to hire volunteer facilitators for early 2020 with a commitment of 2-4 hours/week. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • greeting all newcomers and inviting participants so they feel welcome
  • providing a pleasant and safe atmosphere to create in; ensuring the area is clean and art supplies are organized when shift ends
  • helping students familiarize themselves with the materials/art supplies provided and informing the Art Hive coordinator when supplies are low or new items are needed
  • giving feedback to the coordinator on successes and challenges, and ways we can improve the experience for participants; keeping track of attendance.
  • providing ideas on special themes the Art Hive can host during the school year


These volunteer positions are opened to all UBCO students. If you have a friendly, open attitude, enjoy being creative, are reliable & organized, and would like to be part of a fun, growing initiative, the Art Hive would love to hear from you. Familiarity with art materials/personal art practice is an asset but not necessary.

Please contact Sophie at for more info or to apply.

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UBCO Recreation

UBCO Recreation Holiday Hours

Dec. 18-21: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Dec. 24-26: Closed

Dec. 27-31: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Jan. 1: Closed

Jan. 2-5: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 


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Heat schedule: upcoming home games

No games until January! 

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