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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.

March 3, 2022

In this issue:

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Mourning the loss of Harmandeep Kaur

We have been mourning the loss this week of a member of the Campus Security team, Harmandeep Kaur. All of us at UBCO are impacted by this tragedy so close to where we live, study, and work.

Please read the full statement from UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice-Chancellor on the loss of Harmandeep Kaur through the link below.

Read the statement


March 3: IBPOC Grief Virtual Circle

Thursday, March 3 | 6-7 pm
Virtual Zoom event

In response to the recent tragedy on campus, SVPRO and Student Wellness will be holding a space for folks who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour impacted by the event.

All of us at UBCO are impacted by this assault so close to where we live, study, and work. We recognize it can feel overwhelming for Indigenous and racialized folks who may feel particularly vulnerable. This online zoom event has been organized to provide a safe and confidential space to come together collectively to share our grief and sadness and to witness and support each other as members of Black, Racialized, Indigenous, and communities of Colour on campus. The event aims to create a safe space to share our feelings and lived experiences with race-related stress.

Learn more


March 4: Vigil for Harmandeep Kaur

We will be holding a vigil on Friday, March 4 from 2 to 4 pm in front of the University Centre (UNC), and all are invited to attend.

A book of condolence will be available to sign and support services from across campus will be available with additional resources. Flags on the UBC Okanagan campus will be lowered on Friday, March 4, 2022, in memory of Harmandeep.


Mental health resources available to students

If you need counselling or mental health support, free resources are available to you as a UBCO student. Don't hesitate to reach out.

UBCO Counselling services
To meet with a campus counsellor, call 250-807-9270 or book an appointment online. Same-day and walk-in appointments are available for students in need of support.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)
The UBC Student Assistance Program is a free, 24/7 wellness resource for all registered UBC students offered in more than 80 languages. Access it online or by calling 1-833-590-1328 

Third Space Life Charity: Student Care Program
Third Space offers supportive counselling in conjunction with the UBCSUO. 

UBCO Psychology walk-in wellness clinic
Free, no appointment or referral needed.
Tuesdays & Thursdays (in-person and virtual appointments available)
ASC 167 – Interprofessional Clinic
250-807-8241 (press 1 for reception)

Learn more


UBC Safe App

UBC Safe Okanagan is an app developed for students and staff at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. The app features include quick access to Campus Security, a personal safety toolbox, campus maps, on-campus support resources, access to Safewalk services, and more.

Learn more


Antigen tests available for students, faculty, and staff

UBC has COVID-19 rapid test kits available for students, faculty, and staff. One kit (containing five COVID-19 tests) will be available per member of the UBC community.

Learn more


Free coffee courtesy of the Ombuds Office

The Office of the Ombudsperson for Students is welcoming students back to campus with free coffee from Green Bean Coffee Co. Keep an eye out for the Ombudsperson, Cindy, around campus giving away free coupons. From now until April 30, grab a cup of coffee and chat with Cindy to learn what the Ombuds Office does for students. 

Learn more about the Ombuds Office


Happening next week: Career Development Week for International Students

Are you an international student looking to work in Canada? Learn how to navigate the Canadian job market with Career Development Week for International Students. Happening March 7 to 11, this virtual career week will feature sessions on:

  • Building a strong resume
  • Navigating immigration pathways
  • Understanding employee rights in Canada
  • Applying for a post-graduate work permit
  • And more

Browse the available sessions and view full event details online.

Learn more


March 4 to April 15: Learn to play squash

Learn a fun new sport this spring! This program includes six weeks of squash lessons at Global Fitness & Racquet Centre in Kelowna on Thursdays or The Roster Sports Club in Vernon on Fridays. The cost is $60 for six lessons.

Register or learn more


March 9: Join us for a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on rural and remote mental health and substance use

The University of British Columbia, the Rural Coordination Centre of British Columbia (RCCbc), and the Mental Health Commission of Canada have partnered to share how COVID-19 has impacted mental health and substance use in rural communities. Happening March 9 at 10 am PT, this webinar will provide community perspectives and expertise on some of the unique challenges that have been experienced over the past few years.

Register now


March 11 to April 1: Gymnastics lessons

UBC Recreation has partnered with Kelowna Gymnastix to offer a gymnastics program for students! Join us on Friday nights for a short lesson and free play in the gym.

This is a 4-week program being offered from 6:15 to 7:45 pm on Fridays starting March 11 until April 1. The cost is $60 for four lessons. Grab your friends and spend some time in the gym!

Register or learn more


March 14: What’s next: the COVID aftermath

As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, what lessons have we learned to do things better? As one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators, no one is more equipped to lead this discussion than André Picard.

Learn more and register


March 20 and 27: UBCycles maintenance workshops

Knowledgeable mechanics will guide you through performing a pre-ride inspection, shifting adjustment, brake adjustment, and other basic maintenance procedures. All participants will receive a multi-tool included with the price of enrolment. No bike required. Everyone is welcome!

Those who already have bike maintenance experience may enroll in the Advanced Workshop in which participants will perform a headset and bottom bracket service.

Register now


March 27: SilverStar student day

Enjoy a full day of affordable fun at SilverStar Ski Resort. The bus departs the UBCO Gym at 7:15 am and leaves SilverStar at 4 pm to return to campus by 5:15 pm. Bus tickets cost $12 and lift tickets cost $55. These are only available when purchased in advance through UBC Recreation. Space is limited, so register today!

Register or find out more


More food skills workshops on the menu

There have been rave reviews of our food skills workshops! These free workshops can help you learn simple and yummy recipes to get you through a busy week. We provide the ingredients, and you cook in your own kitchen.

There are three more workshops to support your cooking journey:

  • March 10: Comfort Foods with a Healthy Twist with Sierra
  • March 15: Cooking with Kassidy – Quinoa pancakes!
  • March 17: Cooking with the Canadian Food Guide with Sierra

Register here


Honouring Indigenous Writers events and activities

Honouring Indigenous Writers seeks to increase awareness of Indigenous literature and improve the coverage of Indigenous writers on Wikipedia. Register for online events throughout the month of March, including:

Learn more


Move UBC survey

We’re interested in finding out about your Move UBC experience during February. Complete the survey for a chance to win a $200 VISA Gift card! The deadline to complete this survey is March 20.

Take the survey


Did you know disposable face masks are recyclable?

Participate in UBCO's first PPE recycling program to reduce waste and improve sustainability. Individuals can now recycle their disposable face masks in the red stand-alone bins dispersed on campus. Do your part. Don’t throw away disposable face masks, recycle them.

Learn more


Enhance your degree with a master’s in Management

If you are in your first or second year of undergraduate studies and are looking to enhance your studies with an accelerated post-graduate-level degree, consider applying for the Dual Degree Master of Management. This program lets you earn your master’s degree in Management in just eight months.

As soon as you finish your undergraduate studies, you’ll move seamlessly into your master’s courses, where you’ll advance your critical thinking skills, address emerging social and economic challenges, and boost your job prospects to excel in the career of your choice.

No prior work experience is required – you’ll take part in workshops during your undergraduate studies to prepare you for the Master of Management coursework. Nearly all undergraduate degrees can be combined with this accelerated master’s degree.

If you’re interested in learning how to influence the development of organizations, sectors, and communities to help solve climate justice, reconciliation, and social and economic inequality, the Dual Degree Master of Management might be right for you.

Learn more


Last chance to get your nominations in for the 2022 Golden Apple and I Am Accessible Awards

You have until Sunday, March 6 to submit your nominations for the 2022 Golden Apple x I am Accessible Awards! These awards are a way to recognize staff and faculty that have made a positive impact on student health and wellbeing and have supported and encouraged accessibility for students. Have someone in mind? Share how they made a difference to your wellbeing and academic experience at UBCO. We are looking forward to hearing about who supported you this year and how they did it.

This award ceremony is led by students and supported by Campus Health, the Disability Resource Centre, and UBC Wellbeing. It will be held on April 6, with more information to come.

Submit your nominations


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