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.

Jan 8, 2019

In this issue:

Note: Anchor links may not function in all email applications. Scroll to view items below.

Student Learning Hub

Student Learning Hub reopens January 13

The Student Learning Hub is open for Term 2 starting January 13. Learn more about the variety of learning services the Hub has to offer this term:

  • Did you know that math and science tutoring is now in the Student Learning Hub? The Hub provides drop-in tutoring in Physics, Math, Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Kinetics, Applied Science, Computer Science, and Statistics. 
  • One-on-one writing support is available for all points of the writing process, so don't wait till the end of term - book your appointments early and often!
  • The Hub's Term 2 workshop schedule is now live. Geared toward undergraduate students, these free workshops cover topics such as strategic reading, preparing for in-class essays, thesis statements, and integrating sources. Don't miss out on a foolproof way to improve your writing - no registration required!

Learn More

Indigenous Strategic Plan Town Hall

Town Hall: Have your say on the Indigenous Strategic Plan

UBC is in the final stage of developing an Indigenous Strategic Plan, which will guide the university's Indigenous engagement initiatives for years to come. 

All students, staff, and faculty are invited to a town hall discussion that will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the UNC Ballroom (UNC 200). The discussion will focus on the three overarching themes of the Action Plan: Research, Teaching & Learning and Service. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

SAAM Events

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

For 10 years, Sexual Assault Awareness Month has raised awareness and encouraged people to take action to prevent sexualized violence. SAAM is rooted in student leadership and activism, and events are put on by different UBC groups including clubs, student associations and support services.

Upcoming Events

Breakfast for a Cause - Jan 15 @ 9 a.m., UNC 200

Take action during SAAM by joining SVPRO and Elizabeth Fry Society for breakfast. The waitlist for trauma counseling at EFRY is 6 months. All donations for this event will go to providing more counseling sessions for survivors. 

Learn More

SAAMBASSADOR (Volunteer) Training

Do you want to volunteer for SAAM and table throughout the month to bring awareness around sexual violence? Student volunteers, leaders, and allies will gain practical tools for preventing and responding to sexual violence in a volunteer role and setting. Some topics covered include: responding to disclosures of sexual violence; and challenging harmful comments and behaviors by being an active bystander and anti-violence ally. 

Sign up


Cats against Catcalls, A ComeBack Class - Jan 16 @ 4:30 p.m., ADM 026

The Equity Ambassadors present an interactive workshop to practice comebacks against sexist microaggressions. 


Denim Day - Jan 17 All Day, Everywhere

Wear your denim. Demin Day is about raising awareness and protesting against erroneous beliefs and myths about sexual assault. This day was created due to the ruling by the Italian Supreme Court in 1992 where a rape conviction was overturned because the victim was wearing very tight jeans, thereby implying consent. The next day, women who worked in Parliament showed up wearing jeans in solidarity with the survivor. In 2008, the Italian Supreme court finally overturned it. Jeans is no alibi. It doesn’t matter what you wear. No means No. We invite all of you to come to school, work wearing Denim to show your support for survivors of sexual violence. You can also drop by the Art Hive at 11 a.m. to decorate some denim in UNC 327 lounge.


40% Unfounded Cases: From Awareness to Action - Jan 22 @ 4:30 p.m., UNC 200

Aden Wither’s experience with the RCMP is not an outlier. Her report is among the 5,000 cases of sexual assaults that are closed by police every year. Join us for a panel discussion with Aden and community activists moderated by CBC Host, Alya Ramadan, to explore how we bring about structural change and explore accountability.This event is brought to you in partnership with The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society. Appetizers and refreshments provided following the panel.

Learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness month:

More about SAAM

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: Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 16

Learn More

Olympic Heart with Kelsey Serwa

Kelsey Serwa's Olympic Heart

Kelsey Serwa isn't just an Olympic Gold Medalist, she is also a UBCO student! She has had many ups and downs but after a successful sporting career, Kelsey is working towards a human kinetics degree. Read more about her story.

Read More

Spin bikes

Don’t just make a resolution—make a change!

Plan to start 2020 off right with a free test drive of any of on-campus fitness classes at the Hangar all week January 6-11.

Discover something new or reconnect with a favorite activity. With 30+ classes offered at various times, you can find the fitness options that work best for you and your schedule.

Winter Term all-access memberships (including unlimited group fitness) at UBC Recreation are just $95 for students.

Learn More

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 late January in the evenings. Food is provided each week. 

Register Here

Volunteer During Reading Week

Volunteer during reading week

Give back to the community this Feb 17-21, 2020! Volunteer for half a day over reading week and you can meet other UBC students, make connections in the community, and gain valuable experience working with non-profit organizations.

Only 50 placements are available, with morning and afternoon projects available each day. Placements are available on a first come, first serve basis, so register early to secure your preferred time slot.

Register Here

Health & Wellness

Learn to manage your stress or anxiety 

Struggling with symptoms of anxiety or stress? Having trouble sleeping? Consider joining a Health & Wellness group to learn how to practice mindfulness, regulate your responses, and build resilience. 

Learn more

Life Raft Debate

UBCO Life Raft Debate

In the second annual UBCO Life Raft debate we imagine that a zombie apocalypse has wiped out most of humanity and the survivors (the audience) must sail off to rebuild society.

Only one final seat remains on the life raft and five faculty members will each argue that their discipline is the one indispensable area of study that the new civilization will need to survive. One professor will take on the role of devil’s advocate and argue that the survivors should actually choose no one and that their new society will be better off without a professor aboard.

Join us after the debate for an ice cream social, hosted by alumni UBC and the UBCO Ice Cream Club.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Where: COM 201

Get Tickets Here

BC Hacks 2020

BC Hacks 2020

BC Hacks and Career Services brings you:

  • Tech Career Fair January 17th from 6-9 p.m. in UNC 200.
  • BC Hacks 24 hour Hackathon January 18, 19 2020 in the Commons.

Come as an individual or a group to work to create the best product! Projects to be judged and prizes to be won.

Employers will be scoping out the work of UBCO students all weekend long.

More Info

Big White Student Day

Big White Student Day

For two Saturdays each winter, UBC Recreation partners with Big White Ski Resort to offer incredible deals on skiing & snowboarding lift tickets, rentals, & lessons. These prices can not be beat and are only available when purchasing in advance through UBC Recreation.

Not into skiing & snowboarding? No problem – Experience the Big White Village and see what all the fun is about on the mountain. Skating, tubing, ice climbing & more also available in the Happy Valley Adventure Park.

Enjoy a full day of affordable fun at Big White Ski Resort:

$12 round-trip bus
$55 lift ticket
$45 group lesson
$40 rentals

Beginner Discovery Packages:
These are perfect (and the highly recommended option) for those that have never skied or snowboarded before. They include all equipment (including helmet), beginner area lift ticket, & lessons.

$120 – Half day beginner discovery (includes one, 2 hour group lesson)
$150 – Full day beginner discovery (includes two, 2 hour group lessons)

Learn More

Living Things

Living Things International Arts Festival

Get set for a month of visual art, live theatre and music as the Living Things International Arts Festival take the stage. Organized by Neil Cadger, professor of performance in Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) and Kelowna's Inner Fish Performance Co. Living Things offers an extraordinary lineup of shows, performances, and events that are sure to inspire, entertain, and provoke thought and conversation. 

The 4th annual Living Things Festival runs from Jan. 15 to Feb. 2 and includes performances from South Korea, the Netherlands, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, and the Okanagan Valley. 

More Info

Voice: Student Food Security

UBCO VOICE: Student Food Security

UBCO! Campus Health’s VOICE has launched their newest research initiative! This year, we’re looking into student food security.

Food security is a complex issue, put simply it’s about whether individuals have the financial means to afford appropriate food; the knowledge, skills, and capacity to engage with this food and a system that facilitates meeting these needs. Food insecurity, on the other hand, is the inability to do one or more of these things.

Last year, we found out that approximately 42% of our student body is food insecure! This is a staggering number and we want to know how students are impacted so that we can build a plan for change.

We will be hosting table talks with students in January and February to learn more about your experiences. If you are interested in participating in a table talk or learning more about this program, send an e-mail to

Art on the Line

Art on the Line

This popular annual event brings together the local arts community to celebrate the work of our students, faculty, alumni, as well as artists practicing in the community in the spirit of raising funds. The evening is an entertaining art raffle with many more exciting prizes available to be won like over 100 works of art are collected from local artists, faculty, and students. One ticket admits two people to the event, and guarantees winning one work of art from the collection. Even the last ticket drawn has a choice from over 20 works, which creates an atmosphere of suspense and entertainment. Funds raised from this event are distributed amongst the Visual Arts Course Union to financially aid with events such as the 4th year graduate exhibition, visiting artists, and art focused student trips. Each year, 10% of the proceeds go to a local charity. 

When: Saturday, February 1, 2020. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: UBC Okanagan Fipke Building - 3247 University Way

Cost: $190 (One ticket admits 2 people, guarantees 1 piece of artwork), or $10 can be purchased at the door for guests who want to attend the event, but not purchase a piece of artwork. 

Purchase Tickets

Grad Info Sessions

Grad Information Sessions

Grad Photos

Celebrate your upcoming graduation with a professional photo in cap and gown or in business attire. The same company that supports photography at Convocation - GradImages - will conduct these sessions. No sitting fee. No obligation. No appointment necessary. Various photo package options available for purchase. 

Attend one of our optional & convenient on-campus photo sessions where you arrive with your best face on and we provide the grad gowns. 

All dates are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Dates are Jan. 28, 29 and 30 in the Fipke Foyer.

Grad Rundown Information Sessions

Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m., repeated February 26, 5 p.m. at Art 103.

Are you graduating this June? The deadline to apply is February 27th! Grad Rundown is an info session that goes over how to apply to graduate, grad photos, convocation, and the perks of being a UBC Alumni! We will have lots of time for your questions in this one-hour session. Treats will be provided!

For more info, see the grad website or come to the Advising & Involvement Centre, UNC 207. 

Learn more

Creative Days

Creative Days

Portfolio Day

Get advice on building an entrance portfolio, or obtain pre-approval for the portfolio requirement for the Visual Arts BFA program. January 11, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Creative Days Workshops

  • Sculpture with David Doody. January 11, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Indigenous Centered Landscapes through Cyanotope with Tania Willard. January 18, 2020, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Learn more

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Series

Offered in partnership with the Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym, learn to climb, receive your belay certificate and feel confident on the wall with this 4 session series. 

Each session is 1.5 hours & participants must attend every session. 

Thursdays: Jan. 23 - Feb. 13, 2020

Cost: $30 per person

Register Now

Voices in the Valley

Be the Voice of Mental Health at UBCO

Saturday, January 25, we want to hear from UBCO students who are passionate about well-being and mental health on the UBCO campus! UBCO is hosting its first-ever regional Jack Summit: Voices in the Valley. This event is free to students and includes your lunch and snacks. We're going to have a panel discussion with experts and advocates in mental health and workshops to address topics relevant to the UBCO population. We'll also hear from Kate Wright, the team captain of Canada's national field hockey team! Join us for a day where we'll talk about how to revolutionize mental health here in the Okanagan for youth and young adults. Be sure to register by January 15th, as we have limited spots. 

Register Here


Bring the Heat clothing drive

All this week, from January 7th – 11th, the "Bring the Heat" Clothing Drive with Virgin Radio's B Mack and Karly in support of Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society and Kelowna SHARE Society will be collecting and accepting donations at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium during operating hours.

Acceptable Donations - Adult & Children's items (Gently used or new winter items only): Jackets, Toques, Scarves, Mitts/gloves, Packaged underwear and socks, Snow pants, Snow pants, Hoodies/sweaters, Shirts, Pants, Boots, Shoes, Slippers, Blankets, Sleeping bags, Tents, Backpacks & bags

Learn more


Heat schedule: upcoming home games

Men's Basketball:

Jan. 17 vs. UNBC @ 8 p.m.

Jan. 18 vs. UNBC @ 6 p.m.

Women's Basketball:

Jan. 17 vs. UNBC @ 6 p.m.

Jan. 18 vs. UNBC @ 4 p.m.


Learn More

Find us on social media @ubcostudents:

Not sure why you are recieving this email? Contact us at

Submit to UBCO Life