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What is UBCO Life?
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.

Sept. 1, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • Sunday, Sept. 5: Create orientation
  • Monday, Sept. 6: Re-Create orientation
  • Tuesday Sept. 7: First day of class*
  • Monday, Sept. 20: Last day to drop without a W standing through the Student Service Centre
  • Thursday, Sept. 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (classes cancelled)

*Note: classes are not cancelled on Sept. 7 this year, since Create is taking place on Sep 5.

More important dates and deadlines


ICYMI: Important campus updates this week

Always make sure to check your email regularly so you don’t miss any important messages from UBC. Here are a few updates you may have seen over the past week:


We recognize that these new measures can be confusing and are working hard to find answers to your questions, including how and when these new measures will be implemented on campus and what exceptions may be available. We are expecting further details from the BC government soon and will update students as soon as more information becomes available.


Increased online course offerings in some programs

Students in some UBCO programs may also have received an email from your faculty or instructors about expanded online learning options this fall. Regardless of course format. the UBCO campus remains open and will host a full complement of in-person student services this fall — from meeting up with friends for a meal, to studying in the library, to going to the gym.

Remember that each component of a course may be offered in different delivery formats. For example, the lab section of a course may continue to be offered in-person even if the lecture component moves to online delivery. Make sure to check your email regularly, and review any course updates carefully. If you aren’t sure about the delivery format of one of your courses, you can email the instructor for more information.

Learn more

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RBC Student Homecoming Contest

Students – to welcome you back to campus and to celebrate UBC Homecoming, RBC wants you to start the school year off with $2,021 towards your 2021 UBC tuition and school expenses.

Enter for your chance to win! Two prizes will be awarded – one for the UBC Vancouver campus and one for the UBC Okanagan campus.

Open to all currently registered UBC students. Contest closes on September 26, 2021.

Learn more

Blue background with navy blue and white text that reads "COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at UBCO. Delivered by Interior Health.""

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics on campus

In partnership with UBC Okanagan, Interior Health is offering free, drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus on Sept. 8 and Sept. 17.

UBC strongly encourages all students and other members of our community to protect themselves and everyone around them by getting vaccinated. Everyone 12 years and older is eligible to get the one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in BC free of charge, so long as you have not already been fully vaccinated with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine. International students are still eligible to receive a vaccine, even if you are not enrolled in the Medical Services Plan and do not have a BC Personal Health Number. For more information, refer to our international student FAQ page.

Learn more


Looking for space to hang out on campus? Check out the collegia!

UBCO’s collegia spaces are designated spots for commuter students to hang out, study, work on group projects, or recharge! Each collegium is furnished in a relaxing, lounge-style atmosphere with sofas, a fireplace, board games, and study space. Find your community by visiting a collegium during your next break!

View the collegia spaces


Looking to better your student experience? UBCO funds that.

As a UBCO student, you could be eligible to receive up to $3500 for being involved on campus! The Tuum Est Initiative Fund provides financial support for student initiatives, conferences, and competitions. Whether you’re interested in attending a conference, bringing a new event or program to campus, or attending a student competition on behalf of UBCO, the Tuum Est Initiative Fund is available for you.

Applications can be submitted monthly. View the link below for more details.

Learn more

The UNC building.

Introducing the new Global Engagement Office (GEO)

UBCO is excited to introduce the Global Engagement Office (GEO), a new unit formed by the merger of International Programs & Services and Go Global.

The GEO is focused on global citizenship through enhancing international student support as well as opportunities for all students to internationalize their degrees through opportunities in study abroad, intercultural learning and ‘internationalization at home’ initiatives.

All GEO services, including International Student Advising, Go Global, and International & Intercultural Programming, will be located in UNC 227 (the former location of International Programs & Services).

More student services locations


Douglas Coupland slogans lined down an outdoor white picket fence.

Slogan competition: How does it feel inside your head right now?

Canadian visual artist and novelist Douglas Coupland (DLitt’10) brings the world together through his latest edition of ‘Slogans of the 21st Century’, a series of works created during the pandemic that harness defining moments and capture relatable emotions we’re experiencing.

All UBCO students are invited to submit their original slogans under the theme “how does it feel inside your head right now?”. One slogan will be selected by Douglas Coupland and featured on a limited edition t-shirt raising funds for the UBC Okanagan Alumni Bursary Fund for UBCO students.

Submit your slogan by September 10.

Learn more


Two students using a library computer and laughing

Students now able to use CWL for Library and Lab Computers

UBC IT Okanagan is working to reduce the number of accounts and logins students require to access campus services. UBCO students will no longer need to use a Novell username/password to access computers in the library or instructional computer labs. Instead, students will use their CWL based authentication. Printing and the Study Room Booking System have also been updated.

Students can login on Library and Lab computers, as well as web-print console using their CWL credentials with a .stu appended.

Learn more



West Coast Virtual Fair: Career, Volunteer, & Graduate Schools

Curious about where your degree can take you? Connect with employers, graduate schools, volunteer organizations, and professional programs by exploring your options at the West Coast Virtual Fair: Career, Volunteer, & Graduate Schools. Hosted by UVic, UBC, and SFU, participate in the opportunity to network with exhibitors from around the world and learn about work, co-op opportunities, and graduate and professional programs.Preparation Day: October 4, 2021 - Attend a workshop or panel to help you prepare for the fair. More details coming soon!

Virtual Fair Dates: October 5 - 7, 2021

Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm PT each day (Please note that you do not have to be present for the entirety of the fair. We encourage students to schedule breaks in between their sessions)

Where: Eventus (virtual fair platform)

How to Register: Register on CareersOnline and an email will be sent with instructions on how to access the virtual fair platform.

Check out the list of exhibitors here (updated daily).

This event is open exclusively for the students and alumni of UBC, SFU and UVic.

Questions about the fair? Please feel free to email

For more info about available Career Development Workdays, visit the link below.

Learn more


a silhouette person stand-up paddle boarding on the water at sunset

Stand-up Paddle (SUP) boarding lessons

Last chance to get on the water this year!

Learn to Stand-up Paddle (SUP) Board or enhance your skills at the Okanagan Paddle Centre!

The lessons are on Sunday, September 12, 19, and 26 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. The cost is $45.00 for students!



students working out at the Hangar

R100 Fitness Challenge

Stay motivated all year long!

Can you complete 100 workouts over the academic year? Are you up for the challenge? The challenge begins on September 7, 2021 and runs until April 8, 2022. A minimum 30-minute workout or activity is suggested to complete your activity for the day, but the type of workout or activity is completely up to you!

A valid Hangar membership is required to participate. Purchase your membership online here.

Learn more and register


Students biking in the forest

UBCycles Social Bike Ride

Bike to Knox Mountain and back with a group of cycling enthusiasts!

Meet at M Parking Lot behind the gymnasium on Sunday, September 19 at 9:00 am for a social bike ride while taking in the beautiful views of the Okanagan! Bike the Rail Trail to Knox and bac for a total of 36km and 403m of climbing.

This is a free event, however, please register to reserve your spot!



Looking for more recreation events?

Event calendar

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Learn to cope with stress

Everyone experiences worries and stress. Y Mind is here to help young people learn how to cope with stress so they can live their best lives.

Information Sessions: Wednesday September 29 & October 6 from 6:30-8:00 pmOn campus & in person delivery, located in UNC 335 Collegium

Register by emailing or calling 250-258-0513

This FREE program for young adults aged 18-30 and is run by caring, trained staff, in a safe supportive environment.


A student staff greats a student at the Hangar.

Looking for a job?

The UBCO Job Board has hundreds of paid and volunteer positions available for students all-year round! Whether you’re looking for a work study position, something on- or off-campus, or a co-op term, there are plenty of opportunities to explore.

UBCO is currently hiring for the upcoming semester. Visit the Job Board to browse the available positions!

VIew postings


UBCO Cookbook

Nourishing your body and mind through food is important all year long! If you are looking for delicious, simple, and nourishing recipes, as well as credible and evidence-based nutrition tips, then check out this cookbook created by UBCO students as part of a nutrition course, with help from Dr. Sally Stewart, School of Health and Exercise Sciences/Director Nutrition Education Center, and Julie Stachiw, RD, UBCO Food Services. We hope this book provides education and inspiration for healthy eating choices to fuel your health, happiness, and academic success.

Let's cook!

A student rides their bike through the hills in the Okanagan.

It's time to re-define masculinity

Be a part of the conversation.

Join a group of masculine-identified people talking about issues that matter: social expectations, mental health, suicide, dating, consent, sex and more.

Occurs online every Tuesday at 6 pm starting September 28, 2021 for seven weeks.

Supported by the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (SVPRO)

and Health & Wellness.

To register, please contact

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