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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.

March 17, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

Mar. 26: Last day to self-drop a course in the SSC

Apr. 13: Last day of classes and last day to withdraw with a W standing

If you need to drop a course, do so early. If in doubt, contact an Academic Advisor to discuss your options.

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Enhance your degree with a Work Study experience

Work Study offers a variety of paid part-time job opportunities students can complete alongside their degree, ranging from research to professional and administrative practices.

Develop workplace skills, explore potential career paths, expand your networks, and gain insight into your personal and professional growth through hands-on experience and reflection. Many Work Study positions are now posted on the UBCO job board.

Learn more

Help us create a healthier campus with the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey

Take the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey

Want to share your thoughts on student health and wellbeing? Fill out the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey by sharing your experiences and thoughts on everything from mental health to substance use to university services. Your voice will help shape the future of programs, services, and initiatives at UBC. Check your inbox for the link.

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Alumni UBC’s Student Legacy Project presents De-Stress for Success

The alumni UBC Student Legacy Project (SLP) at UBC Okanagan been working on an event called De-Stress for Success which aspires to provide students with an opportunity to rejuvenate their mental health. We are thrilled to officially invite you to De-Stress for Success, which will take place March 25-28 virtually on Canvas. Join us for virtual meditation, dance, art therapy, self-care activities, cooking classes, and lots of fun giveaways!

After you register, we’ll send you a link to self-enroll on Canvas.

How to add the event shell on your dashboard:

  • Click on the “courses” tab on the left side
  • At the bottom click “all courses”
  • Select “De-Stress for Success 2020 W2” (click on the star; once selected it will turn yellow)
  • Return to the dashboard and you will be able to enter De-Stress for Success.

Register here

The Roger Watts Debate: March 31

March 31: Roger Watts Debate goes virtual

“Be it resolved that the government should have the ability to make vaccination mandatory.”

Support your peers as they debate this statement! The Roger Watts Debate is a partnership of the Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science and a community advisory committee. Top UBC Okanagan student debaters will argue their case before a panel of community judges on March 31.

Tickets are free, but registration is required.

Register here

Golden Apple x I Am Accessible Awards 2021

March 31: Golden Apple X I Am Accessible Awards

Come celebrate the efforts that faculty and staff are making to increase wellbeing and accessibility on our campus! The 4th annual 2021 Golden Apple X I Am Accessible Awards are on March 31 at 12 p.m. PT! Register for the awards ceremony and cheer on their incredible work.

Register here

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UBC Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture: Early registration open until March 31!

Interested in sustainable food sources, ocean sciences, or cultivating fish and aquatic plants? Consider a career in aquaculture!

Aquaculture has grown into a large, commercial industry employing 25,000 people across Canada and it needs well-trained professionals! UBC Vancouver is now accepting applications for this one-semester program for Fall 2021. The program will be offered in a hybrid model (online and in-person), with industry site visits if permitted in the fall. This certificate program is perfect for students who want to gain career-ready skills and is taught by professionals in fish health, seafood processing, production systems and ecological sustainability.

Those with a bachelor of science or engineering degree are eligible to apply to the Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture, offered by UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

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Get a head start.

Get a head start.

There are hundreds of summer jobs, volunteer opportunities, and part-time gigs coming up soon. Get a head start on your job search and time time to scope out the available positions. Jobs will go live on April 15, and will remain posted until May 15 (unless otherwise noted). Positions will be posted on the Student Job Board once they become available. To receive an email notification once jobs are posted, click the button below.

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What should academic misconduct look like for students at UBCO

Academic Integrity Digital Poster Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted their artwork to the Academic Integrity Digital Poster Contest! We are pleased to announce our winners:

Winner: Rebecca Chadney (check out her awesome poster above)

Runners up: Ximena Cayo and Nancy Lu (co-authors)

Along with receiving cash prizes, these UBC Okanagan students will have their work featured in a campaign to bring awareness to the importance of academic integrity!

Seeking help early and often from UBC authorized sources is one of the best ways to prevent yourself from feeling that you need to cheat to succeed. Math & science tutors, writing and language consultants, and online learning coaches are available to support you in the Student Learning Hub.

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old MS Teams messages going to the trash

Are you using Microsoft Teams? Starting Apr 30, messages will be deleted after 90 days

Starting Apr 30, UBC is launching a 90-day data retention schedule for the instant message feature on UBC’s Microsoft Teams.

This means that any conversations that go beyond a 90-day period since creation will be deleted from the system, including any conversations that are already more than 90 days old once the schedule is implemented on Apr 30.

The 90-day data retention schedule will only impact personal chats in the context of one-to-one and group chats (including meetings). The schedule does not impact chat sessions hosted within a Teams channel.

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