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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.

Sept. 15, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • Sept. 20: Last day to drop with a W standing
  • Sept. 24 - 25: UBCO Homecoming

More important dates and deadlines

Tie-dye water colour image with text: Queer Orientation September 7 - October 7, 2021

UBCO hosts Queer Orientation 2021

Queer Orientation is back! Start off your school year by celebrating sexual and gender diversity on campus. For the sixth year in a row, the Equity & Inclusion Office is proud to host Queer Orientation, a series of events and activities to build connections and celebrate UBC Okanagan’s diverse 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Art Workshop, Pride Picnic, Trans Peer Mentor Program Launch, Queer Sex-Ed Workshop are just some of the many fun events we have planned for you over the next month.

Learn more

UBC Okanagan students play dodgeball

Intramural sports leagues: Registration closes tomorrow!

Get a team together (quickly!) and join UBCO Recreation for Intramural Sports Leagues this fall semester. Choose from a variety of sports: volleyball, soccer, dodgeball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, flag football, blitz-ball, and Spikeball!

Intramural sports are a great way to keep active, make friends, and have fun while at UBCO. Several different sport and league options are available, ranging from recreational to competitive options. Some leagues have options for individual registration, so don't worry if you aren't able to round up a team on your own.

Register or find out more

Girl indoor bouldering.

Learn to rock climb - starting Sept. 20

Enhance your climbing skills at Beyond the Crux climbing gym! At the conclusion of this course, you'll feel comfortable at the climbing gym and confidently be able to top-rope climb without instruction or supervision.

Lessons run for four consecutive weeks on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 pm. The cost is $50 and includes four lessons, rental equipment (harness and shoes), and instruction by certified climbing instructors.



Rub some dirt in it.

Recreation and Residence Life have partnered to bring back Dirty Dash on the afternoon of Friday, October 15. This 5km dash across campus features a series of obstacles, challenges, and best of all - a mud pit!

Grab your friends and sign up as a team of four. Each participant will receive a $5 food voucher to use following their race. Click below to join the fun!



Other recreation events coming up

September 19
UBCycles Social Ride

September 21
DIY wood sign paint night

September 23 to October 28
Squash in Kelowna

September 24 to October 29
Squash in Vernon

October 15
Dirty Dash

More on-campus events & programs

Sciversify UBCO written in a banner around a cartoon drawing of the earth

Sciversify UBCO

Who belongs in science? Join us for Sciversify UBCO, a student-led virtual conference discussing equity and diversity in STEM.

Recognizing an ongoing lack of diversity within the field of science, Sciversify UBCO is a new, student-led initiative aimed at sparking a discussion around equity and diversity in STEM. Happening September 21-23, this three-day virtual conference will include a panel discussion, a keynote speaker, and an equity training workshop.

Learn more


Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium

Students, come out and support your peers!

Join us for virtual presentations from the 2021 recipients of the Undergraduate Research Awards Program on September 22 and 23.

  • Students in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will present on Sept. 22 from 4-8 pm.
  • Students in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science will present on Sept. 23 from 4-8 pm.

No registration is required – stop in when you can!

If you’d like to check out these virtual sessions, please contact Julie Martin at for the Zoom link(s).


Help shape the UBC Okanagan transportation plan and enter to win $100 to the UBC Bookstore!

Join us on September 28 for a virtual open house to learn about the draft UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan. The draft plan was informed by campus community feedback collected in November 2020 on commuting experiences, perceptions of remote working and learning, and the Transportation Plan draft vision and objectives. This Plan will play a critical role in supporting the growth of the campus, community wellbeing, and climate action, through strategies that make it more convenient, affordable and sustainable to get to, from and around campus. You can also provide your feedback on the Plan from September 15 to October 7 via an online survey.

Completing the survey will enter you for a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 UBC Bookstore gift cards.

Learn more


Funding available for students interested in history/sociology research

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Department of History and Sociology has received an anonymous, external gift that will be used to fund student research. Both undergraduate and graduate funding is available.

Click below to find out more.

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Don't miss the vote: A UBCO student's crash course on the 2021 federal election

Canadian citizens are heading back to the polls on September 20th! Got questions? We’ve got answers. Check out this blog post to learn more about all things election.

Take me there

Connecting to wi-fi on campus?

Choose the right network for you

There are two wireless networks suitable for student use at UBCO: eduroam and ubcsecure. Both are encrypted and secure.

  • eduroam is a collaborative wireless network that’s available in multiple locations worldwide. Log in once, and you’ll be automatically connected to eduroam wherever it's available.
  • ubcsecure provides high-speed access for all UBCO community members.

Once you've selected your preferred network, use the AutoConnect service to securely and accurately connect to wi-fi.

AutoConnect now


Career confidence starts here

Co-op is a structured program for students to gain paid professional experience, explore career options, and build a rich network of contacts—all before graduation. The UBC Okanagan Co-op Program partners with employers across Canada in a variety of industries and sectors to provide transformative workplace learning experiences.

Students entering their third year of studies with a cumulative academic average of at least 70%, enrolled in Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, Human Kinetics, Management, Media Studies, or Science, are eligible to apply.

Interested in learning more about Co-op? Attend an upcoming info session online via Zoom for details on how Co-op works, what you can gain from joining, and to hear first-hand experiences from Co-op students.

  • Wednesday, September 15 from 8-9 pm PT
  • Friday, September 24 from 9-10 am PT

Co-op applications are due on September 30. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Join the self-enrolled canvas course and start your application today!



Hiking for newbies

Looking for a new outdoor activity this fall? Hiking is a great way to get out and enjoy nature while also getting in some physical activity. It’s a win-win! Before you get out there, you’ll want to know how to pick a good trail, what to pack in your backpack, and how to prepare for your first hike. We’ve got you covered with tips to get you started on your hiking journey.

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Things you need to know if you're new to UBCO

After a long year and a half of learning from home, we’re excited to get back to campus. If the idea of getting out of bed, getting dressed, and going to in-person classes every day sounds unimaginable, we’ve got some tips to help you adjust to campus life and make your uni experience unforgettable.

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Exercise: Why does this matter to men after a cancer diagnosis?

Happening on Tuesday, October 25 from 10-11 am PT, join researchers Kristin Campbell and Sarah Neil-Sztramko as they present their findings on the role of exercise in the aftermath of a cancer diagnosis. They'll discuss how exercise impacts the side effects of cancer treatment, and how it has the potential to reduce further cancer risks. 

Learn more


The power of being believed: Share your story!

There's a fear that survivors won't be believed if they share or report sexualized violence. The Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (SVPRO) wants to change that.

With its "We Believe You" campaign, SVPRO is empowering individuals to reclaim space and their stories so that other survivors know that they are not alone. We want to share the impacts of being believed to inspire a culture change that focuses on listening to survivors.

We invite you to send us a note, a doodle, an art piece or a video of your story of the power of being believed. With your permission, we will be reading out the notes and sharing videos on various UBC platforms.

Share your story


It takes two to tandem

Want to improve your Chinese? Your English? Your Hindi? Your Italian? Your…?

The Tandem Program pairs you with someone at UBC who speaks this language and who wants to improve in a language that you speak. In other words, you help each other. You spend half the time in each language. No teaching experience required! Activities and support are provided by a facilitator.

The program will run from September 27 to November 26 and matched partners meet virtually or in-person once weekly for a total of nine weeks. The program is free!

Take the chance to meet people from different cultures, improve your language learning outside the classroom, gain valuable assets for international travel, future employment, or open the door to another culture.

Learn more


UBC CIC presents: Server-less data integration with AWS Glue

UBC’s Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) invites students to their latest Student Workshop: Server-less Data Integration with AWS Glue.

Happening on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm PT, this session will introduce AWS Glue, a service that makes it easy to discover, prepare, and combine data for analytics, machine learning, and application development. The session covers the capabilities that AWS Glue has for analyzing and using data in minutes instead of months. You’ll also learn more about the development and deployment of ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) jobs, data discovery with Glue data catalog, as well as some data visualization.

Registration for this workshop is free and limited to UBC students. 

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