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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 6, 2020

In this issue:

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UBCO wants to hire you

Ever wondered how to get a job on campus?

During the month of February, UBCO is hiring hundreds of student positions for the upcoming school year. Take a look at the Job Board from Feb 1-29 to see all the different ways you can explore your interests and enhance your experience right here on campus.

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Need to work on your resume?

Drop-in resume reviews
all February long in UNC 207:

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Resume writing workshops
All workshops are in UNC 208

Feb. 7
10 - 11 a.m.

Feb. 10
10 - 11 a.m.

Feb. 24
3 - 4 p.m.

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Job Board Contest

Job board contest - upload your resume to win!

Contest alert! Get started on your summer/fall job search to win one of four $25 Starbucks gift cards. 

During the month of February: 
1. Log in to the UBCO Job Board
2. Upload your resume
3. That's it - you're in the draw! 

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Volunteer Now

Feb 20: Volunteer with Experience UBC

Are you interested in being a role model for high school students and sparking their interest in attending university at UBC? If you answered yes, this is a great opportunity for you!

The Student Recruitment and Advising team are looking for volunteers from all faculties and all year-levels for our upcoming event, Experience UBC. On Thursday, February 20, Experience UBC Leaders will welcome hundreds of local high school students to the Okanagan campus and lead them through a day of special programming and activities. If you will be in Kelowna during the February reading week and available to volunteer, please register online. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Zeleznik at 

Register Here


Planning to graduate this year?

Did you know you need to apply to graduate in order to receive your degree?

Regardless of whether or not you plan to attend the June 2020 graduation ceremonies, you must apply to graduate before Feb. 28, 2020. 
You will not receive your degree if you don't apply to graduate. 

Complete the Graduation Application on the Student Service Centre (SSC) by selecting Graduation -> Apply to Graduate

Apply Here

Feb 26 - Grad rundown

Grad rundown is an information session for all graduating students, covering everything from applying to graduate to the perks of becoming a UBC alumnus. It’s free and snacks are provided.

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Plant Forward

Plant Forward pitch contest

Help us work towards healthier and more sustainable food on campus.

Plant forward pitch contest is a "Dragons' Den" style event meant to help students create the change they want to see on campus. Applications are open now, in which you are invited to create a pitch (program, idea, campaign, or innovation) that will help create a healthier food culture on campus.

Submit your idea by Friday, February 28.

Live Event: Thursday, March 5, 12 p.m. Fipke Foyer!

Apply Here

R100 challenge

Join the R100 Workout Challenge

Need some motivation to stay on track with your fitness goals?

UBC Recreation has partnered with Fitness Experience to bring you the R100 Workout Challenge!

Each time you sign-in for a workout, group fitness class or to use the gymnasium counts as one workout. Work out 100 times this school year to complete the challenge — there is no weight to lose, mileage to accrue, or reps to count… just show up and do your thing.

Bonus: we will retroactively include all the workouts you've already completed since September!

Register now

Art Hive

Need a creative break?

De-stress and enjoy free, open art-making in the lounge at UNC 337. No art experience necessary! 

Drop-in hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12 - 3 p.m. 

Real Food Stamp Card

We Dig Real Food stamp card program

Would you like to be rewarded for your healthy food choices?

UBCO Food Services has launched a new stamp card dining program called We Dig Real Food, which promotes dietitian-approved menu choices at five on-campus dining locations: Sunshine, Picnic, Comma, Rocket and Spoon. The program is open to UBCO students, faculty and staff.

When you select a menu item marked with a ♥ icon, you’ll receive a stamp. Buy 7 meals with a ♥ icon, and get your next meal free!

Menu items change regularly, and include options that take into account a wide variety of dietary options, including plant-forward and allergen-aware. The goal is to provide students and staff with items that are nutritionally-balanced and prepared in-house whenever possible, offering diners a chance to try something new on the menu, and nourish their bodies at the same time.

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RBC Training Ground

Do you have Olympic potential? Show your skills at RBC Training Ground

While Canadians prepare to cheer on Team Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, RBC, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee and CBC Sports, will once again be searching the country for the next generation of Olympians through RBC Training Ground. On Saturday, February 29, that search comes to the UBC Okanagan campus.

RBC Training Ground is the search for new and undiscovered Olympic talent in Canada. The events are free to attend and open to athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 who will perform speed, strength, power and endurance benchmark testing. Top performers will be invited for sport specific testing, with the potential to be invited to the 2020 RBC Training Ground National Final later in May.

The program is working – Now in its fifth year, RBC Training Ground has tested more than 8,000 athletes in more than 50 Canadian communities, and identified 10% of these athletes as having high performance potential. To-date, RBC Training Ground has provided more than 100 athletes with funding and support to pursue their Olympic dreams as part of the RBC Future Olympians program.

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Black History Month: UBUNTU Chat - Feb. 10

Join us for an event on Black Activism in Education and Community as we showcase examples of how Black communities have responded to racism in Kelowna and in Canada.

Our special guest for this event is Shelby McPhee, a recent graduate of Acadia University, who will share stories and comments on how to recognize and address anti-Black racism.

The event is jointly hosted by the Equity & Inclusion Office, the UBCSUO African Caribbean Student Club and Dr. Karen Ragoonaden, Senior Faculty Advisory to the President, Okanagan campus.

When: Feb. 10, 2020, @ 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Where: UNC 200

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Indigenous Women's Rights

Livestream: Progress and Challenges for Indigenous Women's Rights

Join the UBC First Nations Longhouse Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a Facebook livestream of the annual John P. Bell Global Indigenous Rights Lecture. Dr. Mariam Wallet Mohamed Aboubakrine, former chair and member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, will provide her perspective on the progress and challenges for Indigenous women's rights since the Fourth World Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and Peace in Beijing in 1995.

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Creative Days

Creative Days Events

Feb. 8: Screenprinting with Briar Craig: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Everyone is welcome. All events are free and will be held in the Creative and Critical Studies Building. Please contact for more information or to register. 

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IPS Events

Upcoming IPS Events

Intercultural 101: Feb. 11, 2020, 12:30 p.m. @ Fipke 139
On Feb. 11 in UNC 227, we will be facilitating a workshop that will explore the inherent relationship between culture, language, and communication. The key concepts of study are identity, culture, assumptions and stereotypes, beliefs, value systems, and globalization. The workshop will help students develop meaningful strategies to communicate in today's culturally diverse communities.

Beat the Midterm Blues: Feb. 14, 2020, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. @ UNC 227
Visit International Programs & Services (UNC 227) for free pizza to de-stress and re-energize during the stressful midterm season. 

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Move UBC

Move more, move well, and keep moving!

This February, explore ways to fit physical activity into your day during Move UBC Month! Small changes can add up to big impacts - moving more can help improve mental health and resilience, boost your creativity and productivity, and even improve your sleep. 

Here are just a few ways to take part in Move UBC month!

  • Active Wear Wednesdays: It's easier than ever to get moving this month. Wear your athletic gear on Wednesdays and check out the Okanagan Trails, try a class at the Hangar, or just schedule a lunchtime stroll! 
  • Wellbeing Challenge: The Wellbeing Challenge is back, Feb 24 - March 6, and this time it's gone digital! Discover ways to nourish your body and be more active on campus with this fun, self-paced scavenger hunt.

Check out the Move UBC event calendar for lots of great ways to get moving. 

Register here

Campus-to-Campus run

Popular Campus-to-Campus run returns in 2020

Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan are partnering to revitalize the popular campus-to-campus half-marathon and relay race for the first time in a decade. Runners (UBCO and OC students, staff, faculty and community) are invited to lace up on Saturday, April 4 to run a 21.1 km route starting on campus, travelling down the Okanagan Rail Trail to the Waterfront Trail. The run ends at the College campus on KLO Road with music, food, drink and prizes — a big celebration of campus connections.

Register here

Opioid Dialogue

Opiods in the community - pizza chat 

We want to talk about opioids have affected the UBCO community. Our goal is to understand the experiences of our campus community, discuss what resources exist and what resources are needed to better support those who have been affected. Come join us in Arts 102 on February 11 for free pizza and share your thoughts in a safe and welcoming environment, hosted by Campus Health. 


Men's Circle

Join the "Men's Circle"

It's time to redefine manhood. Join the "Men's Circle" - an 8-week group for self-identified men to hang out, share food and stories, and talk about issues affecting us including depression, suicide, relationships, dating, friendship, social expectations, and how masculinity plays a role in all of these and our daily lives. The group will meet once a week for eight weeks starting Feb 6 in the evenings. Food will be provided each week. 

Register Here

Climate Change

Building community resilience in a changing climate

The UBC Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience and Ecosystem Services, as a supporting partner, is bringing environmental, cultural and human rights advocate Sheila Watt-Cloutier to campus the evening of February 26 to provide a global perspective on climate change and a vision for the future.

Hosted by CBC Radio’s Chris Walker, the event will also feature a public launch of the Climate Projections Report for the Okanagan looking at how our climate is projected to change over the next 30-60 years. And, a panel of experts who will comment on how various sectors are adapting in the Okanagan to address climate change and enhance resiliency.

Register here

Tuum Est

Up to $3500 available to fund your student initiative

Want to bring a new initiative to campus? Need financial support to attend a conference or competition? We fund that.

UBC has up to $3,500 available to fund your initiative or competition or up to $500 to help you attend a conference. Even better — we’ll help you with your application.

Upcoming application deadlines: Feb. 10, Mar. 16

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Equity Enhancement Fund

UBC Equity Enhancement Fund

Do you have a bright idea to help build a more inclusive UBC? The Equity Enhancement Fund can assist you!

The fund supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and intercultural understanding at UBC.

Small and large project applications are welcome. Students, staff and faculty are invited to apply by February 26, 2020.

Attend the Proposal Writing Workshop: Feb. 12, ART 276 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

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Student Food Security

UBCO VOICE: Student Food Security

Have you ever worried that you might not be able to afford your next meal? Have you stressed about having to decide between tuition and food? Have you had to skip meals due to a lack of finances? Are you too busy to cook? If any of these sound like something you have experienced, you are not alone and we want to hear from you! Through the VOICE project on food security, we want to find out more about the barriers that students are facing when it comes to being able to access the food they need. We are hosting “Mouthful” Table Talk discussions with students to gather information that we can use to help foster change within our school, community, and government.

If you would like to participate in a Table Talk, please fill out this very short screening tool and our research team will then contact you to let you know more which Table Talk you are eligible to participate.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact us if you are interested at

UBC wants to hear from you

UBC wants to hear from you: a 20-minute survey could win you a $100 Amazon GC

First and fourth year undergraduate students from UBC’s Okanagan campus will be invited to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey opens on February 10, when you will receive an email from the Associate Vice-President, Students with a link to the NSSE survey.

Your participation is important as it will provide crucial feedback to UBC about your experiences, and will help shape the programs, services and initiatives that support you and other students to succeed at UBC and beyond. It will also allow us to compare UBC students’ experiences with the experiences of students attending other universities.

In appreciation for participating, we will enter all students who complete the survey into a draw for 1 of 10 $100 Amazon gift cards.

The survey invitation on Monday Feb 10 will contain more information on NSSE.

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Give me a break survey

#givemeabreak with Alumni UBC and you could win a $250 Sparkling Hill gift certificate

Is the grey Kelowna weather getting you down? If Winter Break seems like a distant memory, and it feels like exams will be back before you know it, perhaps a change of scenery would help. This winter, alumni UBC will be treating one lucky UBC Okanagan student to a recharging night away with a $250 Sparkling Hill gift certificate! For your chance to win, please complete the #givemeabreak Student Survey. Survey closes at noon on February 14. The winner will be announced in the @alumniubco Instagram stories.

Take the Survey Here

Sharron Simpson Award

Turn your passion into an opportunity

The Sharron Simpson Family Community Impact Award provides up to $2,500 to enable students to pursue a non-academic passion and pay it forward to the community.

Applications accepted until February 28, 2020

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Golden Apple Award

Golden Apple Award nominations now open!

It's that time of year again to nominate an instructor that supports student wellbeing! Wellbeing is a priority at UBC, and recognizing and rewarding the instructors who support student wellbeing is an important part of that. Let's share our gratitude with them!

Instructors may be nominated in one or more of the following 10 categories:

  • Fostering Student-Instructor Relationships
  • Fostering Peer-to-Peer Relationships
  • Helping Students Find Value in the Subject Matter
  • Helping Students Find Value in the Learning Process
  • Structuring the Course Effectively 
  • Delivering the Material Effectively 
  • Supporting Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Recognizing that Students Have Lives Outside Academics
  • Openly Discuss Wellbeing-related Topics
  • Creating a Safe Classroom Environment

The Golden Apple Awards is STUDENT-DRIVEN with support from Campus Health. Categories are based on the resource "Teaching Practices that Promote Student Wellbeing". The deadline for nominations is Sunday, March 1, 2020. We will host the Golden Apple Awards Ceremony near the end of March. Stay tuned for more information!!

Nominate Here


Heat schedule: upcoming home games

Men's Volleyball

Feb. 7 vs. UBC @ 8 p.m.

Feb. 8 vs. UBC @ 6 p.m.

Women's Volleyball

Feb. 7 vs. UBC @ 6 p.m.

Feb. 8 vs. UBC @ 4 p.m.

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