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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. 16, 2022

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • February 21: University closed for Family Day
  • February 21 to 25: Midterm Break
  • February 28: Deadline to apply to graduate 

More important dates and deadlines


Graduating this spring? The deadline to apply to graduate is February 28

In order to graduate, you must submit a formal application for graduation via the Student Service Centre (SSC). The deadline to do so is February 28.

You are required to apply for graduation, even if you don’t plan on attending the ceremony.

Learn more


Alumni UBC student tuition contest

Studying is hard work but entering this contest doesn’t have to be! Win $2,500 towards your UBC tuition to make your academic life a little easier.

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. Enter by March 7.

Enter here


Job hunting? Emerge from the crowd

EMERGE is a virtual career week designed specifically to support and empower Black students and students of colour during their job journeys. Spanning from February 28 to March 4, this event includes workshops, coaching sessions, a career fair, networking events, and more. There will also be a keynote presentation featuring UBCO alumnus, Joses Akimpura. Sessions are free to attend, but advanced registration is required.

Learn more


February 28 to March 28: Rope skipping

Bring a friend and try something new! Rope skipping is a fun wellness activity that promotes a healthy, active lifestyle and a positive attitude toward physical activity. Register for this 5-week program and learn some new skills. 

Register or find out more


March 1: Student Town Hall: Help us make your UBCO experience the best it can be

Join leaders from UBC Okanagan and the SUO for this special town hall forum on March 1 from 5 to 6:30 pm. You’ll learn about some of the new and upcoming initiatives planned for students, and will have the opportunity to share your feedback and suggestions to help UBC to understand—and work on improving—the things that matter most to you.

Attendees will participate in breakout discussions with senior UBC and SUO leaders, who are there specifically to listen to your perspectives on several key topics relating to your student experience:

  • Affordability
  • Classroom experience
  • Anti-racism and inclusion
  • Student life and communication

Each attendee can join up to two breakout discussions on the topics of your choice. Advance registration is required to access the Zoom link.

Closed captioning will not be available in the breakout rooms. If you require professional captioning or sign language interpretation for this event, please complete a Captioning and Sign Language Interpreting Request Form.

Register now


March 3: Food skills workshop – Easy one-pot meal with Hardikaa

Yes, dreams really do come true—you can learn to cook with Campus Health for free! We provide the ingredients; you cook in your own kitchen. We’re excited about this one. Hardikaa is going to lead us through cooking a traditional dish from India, her home country.

Register here


March 5: Big White Adventure Day

Enjoy a full day on the slopes at Big White Ski Resort for an unbeatable price—only $55 for a lift ticket! The bus leaves the UBCO gym at 7:45 am and departs Big White at 4:30 pm to return to campus. The registration deadline is February 28. Spots are limited, so sign up today!

Register or find out more


March 7 to 11: Career Development Week for International Students

Mark your calendars! A virtual career week designed specifically for international students is happening from March 7 to 11. You’ll learn tips on how to successfully job hunt, build interview skills, and navigate the legal requirements for working in Canada.

Learn more


March 12 to 26: CFES group fitness course

Want to become a Group Fitness Instructor? Here is your chance. This course teaches the practical skills and professional ethics required to be a successful group fitness instructor.

Attendees will learn how to program and plan for all class sections and fitness levels in a safe and caring atmosphere, as well as proper use of space, group formations, and/or choreography skills.

Register or learn more


How to stay on top of your homework this semester

Feeling swamped with homework? One of our Work Study students is sharing three different ways to keep track of your due dates all semester long.

Tell me more


The essential grad checklist

Are you graduating soon and not sure what you need to do before that fated convocation day? A graduating UBCO student researched dates and deadlines for your application (yes, you need to apply to graduate), cap and gown rental, and everything else you’ll need to keep in mind.

Reminder: the deadline to apply to graduate is February 28. 

I'm graduating, tell me more


Graduating this year? Apply for the UBC Okanagan Student Involvement and Leadership Award!

Did you make it your mission to get involved at UBCO? Whether you were a residence advisor, orientation leader, a Teaching or Research Assistant, club member or an active student, UBCO wants to celebrate you!

The UBC Okanagan Student Involvement and Leadership Award aims to recognize graduating undergraduate and graduate students for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the University, their communities and those around them.

The deadline to apply is February 28. Be sure to put your application package together in advance!

Learn more


Get involved during Reading Week

Are you staying in Kelowna during this midterm break? Want to meet new people and help out a local non-profit organization? We have the perfect opportunity for you at organizations such as the Okanagan Food Bank, the Men’s shed, and more! Sign up to volunteer on February 23, 24, or 25.

Through these opportunities you will:

  • Build community, gain a sense of belonging, make friends, and network with potential employers.
  • Build your resume, gain experience, training, and references for future jobs.
  • Give back and show your support for our amazing community.

Sign up early, spots are limited


Help us make the DRC website more accessible

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) is currently working on increasing accessibility options for our website. We are looking for student feedback to help develop a set of web accessibility recommendations for our website designers and enable us to better respond to the wide diversity of needs at UBCO.

Let us know how we can make the DRC website more accessible by completing this short (one-page) survey.

Share your thoughts


Get online writing support during the Midterm Break

From February 21 to 25, the Student Learning Hub’s writing consultants are offering daily, online drop-in sessions. All questions about writing and academic integrity (e.g., integrating sources, paraphrasing, in-text citations) are welcome. Even if you don’t have questions, come by to work independently on your writing. Join and leave as needed, or stay for the whole hour. Drop by every day if you need an accountability buddy to stay on track with your writing!

Drop-in schedule (PST time zone):

Register to receive the Zoom link for the drop-in sessions.

Register now


Student demographic question focus groups

The Student Demographic Project Team is inviting all students at UBC to participate in a focus group session to provide feedback on new student demographic questions to be continued in 2022. If you are willing to participate in the project, we ask you to join a virtual focus group discussion and/or an individual interview taking place between February 10 and March 18. Each focus group session will take 1.5 hours. To ensure greater accessibility and to accommodate the largest number of participants possible, additional accommodations may be available.

To thank you for your participation, you will receive a $20 Starbucks, Tim Hortons, or Skip the Dishes electronic gift card upon completion of each session. If you would like to participate, please follow the link below to indicate which focus group time slot you are available to attend.

Learn more


Join us for the Beyond the Plate Recipe Competition to win great prizes

Celebrate the upcoming Nutrition Month with Residence Life and UBC Food Services by submitting an original, plant-based recipe video or photo essay. Whether it's a recipe for a hearty meal or a simple on-the-go snack, a new recipe or a time-tested tradition passed down in your family, we'd love to see it. Students at UBCO and UBCV are welcome to participate. By submitting your recipe video or photo essay you will be entered into a draw for three great prizes, valued at up to $50 each!

Learn more and submit your entry


March is Nutrition Month

Feeling frustrated, anxious, or overwhelmed around food decisions? Need strategies and support to enhance your relationship with food? Join us for Nourish U, a 31-day nutrition journey to transform your relationship with food. All UBC community members are welcome. There are weekly prizes to be won, with an air fryer as the grand prize! 

The journey starts on March 1.

Register now


Move UBC: StoryWalk

Getting fresh air and taking a break from the computer can help you feel energized and allow you to return to your studies refreshed. UBC Okanagan Library has partnered with Okanagan Regional Library to showcase the children’s book Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang in a StoryWalk®.  Get outside for a study break and walk the perimeter of The Commons Field behind Nechako to read the pages of this silly story displayed in the windows of the surrounding buildings from February 14 to 28. You’ll also have the chance to win a prize pack!

Learn more


Meal share program – running until April 2022

Are you a UBC student who finds yourself making the tough choice between paying bills and buying food? Students experiencing food insecurity can apply for non-repayable funds or significant discounts to access food through the UBC Meal Share Program.

The pilot initiative, made possible through the generous support of the UBC community, runs until April 2022 and provides eligible undergraduate and graduate students with funds up to two times each academic term. The program is confidential and is available to current UBC Okanagan students self-identifying as experiencing challenges accessing adequate and appropriate food due to financial reasons. Funds will be available at the beginning of each month until they run out.

Learn more and apply for funds or discounts


Nominations open for the 2022 Golden Apple and I Am Accessible Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Golden Apple x I am Accessible Awards! This award ceremony is led by students and supported by Campus Health, the Disability Resource Centre, and UBC Wellbeing. It celebrates staff and faculty that have made a positive impact on students' health and wellbeing and have supported and fostered accessibility for students.

You have until Sunday, March 6 to nominate a faculty or staff member that has 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! The awards ceremony will be held on April 6, with more information to come.

Nominate a faculty or staff member


UniVenture UBCO is looking for 1st and 2nd-year students (aged 18-25) to participate in a personality-based wellness program

The UniVenture study is a wellness-based program that has been designed for first- and second-year university students. If you volunteer to participate in the UniVenture study, you will answer questions about your personality traits and you may be offered an opportunity to participate in workshops to develop wellness skills, set long-term goals, and channel your personality towards achieving your goals.

In appreciation of your time, you will receive a $15 Amazon gift card or (1 SONA credit) and if you participate in stage 2 you will have the opportunity to earn an additional $30 Amazon gift card. Students who complete both stages will also be entered into a draw to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

If this program is of interest to you, please email Univenture.Casul@ubc.ca.


Are you in need of a clean-up crew? Facilities Management to the rescue

If you cause or witness a spill or stain, or notice a washroom facility that requires attention, please report it to Facilities Management by filling out a Custodial Request Form.

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