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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.

Nov 20, 2019

In this issue:

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Career Connections

Career Connections

Curious about your career options? Stop by the Engagement Theatre most Thursdays for an informal, low-pressure conversation with a prospective employer. 


Next employer:

Northern Development Initiative Trust

 Thursday, Nov. 21:

Everything you ever wanted to know about a career with...
Northern Development Initiative Trust

When: 4 – 6 p.m.

Where: Commons Engagement Theatre
(between the Commons and the Library building)

Related programs: Any discipline

Positions Include: A variety of positions

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We're celebrating 10 years of Thrive at UBC! 

November 1-30, explore your path to mental health during Thrive month.

We all have mental health, and we all benefit from building maintaining our mental health year-round. The Thrive 5 are just a few simple ways to do this!

Moving More, Eating Well, Sleeping Soundly, Giving Back, Connecting Socially.

Grab some friends and attend an event like the Thrive Expo on November 19, practice some self-care, or take a little time to think about what Thriving means to you! 

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Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey

Help UBC create a healthier campus!

On Nov. 8, the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey launches at UBC. A random sample of UBC students will receive an email iinvitation to participate in the survey and share your thoughts and experiences on a range of health and wellbeing topics.

If you receive a link, please take the survey! Your feedback will provide valuable information to help shape programs, policies and practices that support student health and wellbeing at UBC.

Survey participants will be entered into a draw to win one of 20 $50 Visa or Mastercard gift cards!

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New Collegia hours

Collegia Program hours of change

UNC 335 - Upper Levels (Senior) Collegium

  • Mon Dec 2 to Fri Dec 6 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mon Dec 9 to Fri Dec 13 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Closed until Mon Jan 6

UNC 336 - First and Second Year (Junior) Collegium

  • Mon Dec 2 to Fri Dec 6 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Mon Dec 9 to Fri Dec 13 - closed
  • Closed until Mon Jan 6

EME 0252 - Global Collegium

  • Mon Dec 2 to Fri Dec 6 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Mon Dec 9 to Fri Dec 13 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Closed until Mon Jan 6

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De-Stress for Success

De-Stress for Success

Take a breather from studying! Whether it's 2-minutes or longer, it's important to move your body, rest your mind and do something fun. Head over to the Engagement Theatre in the Commons Building and follow the "Wellness Circuit" that includes a massage therapy station, Simply Fit Board challenge, a UBC community "paint-by-numbers" portrait of our President, Santa J. Ono. Brought to you by alumni UBC.

This event is FREE.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: The Commons, Engagement Theatre. 

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Live on residence

Live in residence next year! 

Don't miss out on living in residence next year. Spots fill up fast and if you apply after the deadline there is no guarantee that you will get a spot in residence. Apply by February 1, 2020, to give yourself a chance to live in residence next year. 

Apply Now

Work as an RA

Work in residence life

We’re looking for passionate, dedicated, caring UBC students of all ages to join our vibrant team in 2019/20.

Working in Residence Life is a valuable way to build important leadership skills, help other students succeed socially and academically, and earn income during the school year.

Residence Life staff inspire communities, plan events, lend an ear when needed, and—most importantly—help create lifelong memories for residents and themselves.

Apply online by January 19. 

Apply Now

Thoughts on transportation

Let Kelowna know your thoughts on transportation

What kinds of public transportation options should be in Kelowna’s future? City planning staff will be on campus to discuss the future of transportation on November 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the EME building's Hallisey Atrium. Students, faculty, and staff can learn more and participate in an interactive, online transportation budgeting exercise at

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Edible Cannabis

Edible Cannabis

The Government of Canada legalized edible cannabis products in October 2019. This means edible cannabis products will be available in official retail stores by December 2019. Check out this infographic from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction to understand the differences between inhaling and ingesting cannabis.

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Go Global

Germany! Ireland! Australia! Go Global can help you explore a new destination and study abroad next year!

Are you interested in studying in one of our 50 countries with partner schools for a semester or two next year? Go Global is here to help! Our first application deadlines are fast approaching - December 5 for early Summer and Global Seminar applications and December 17 for academic year applications. Come in to meet with a Go Global Advisor today! Go Global is available for appointments Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's, and for drop-in advising on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Or, feel free to contact us anytime by e-mail!

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Switching degree programs?

Want to know how to switch your degree program at UBCO?

Are you thinking of making a change? Would you like to learn how to apply to a new program at UBCO?

Stop by this program transfer information session to guide you through these questions and more. Free pizza will be available!

When: November 26, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: UNC 207

Tickets are free, but pre-registration is requested.

Register Here

Ombuds office

Office of the Ombudsperson for students

When should you contact the Ombuds Office?

  • You fee that a particular university policy or regulation has been applied unfairly or erroneously
  • You need someone to help to clarify a situation or circumstance affecting you at UBC
  • You need someone to listen and help you explore options on how to navigate a university process
  • You need support to deal directly and effectively with your concerns
  • You are unsure about which UBC policies or procedures apply to your situation

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The Break Escape

UBC 2019 The Break Escape

Hey, UBC students! Plan your getaway with the Break Escape. You could win a $2,000 CAD travel voucher from Trip Merchant and alumni UBC, your future alumni association. Open to all current UBC students.

Take me away!


Sometimes no antibiotic is the best prescription!

If you have a sore throat, cough, or sinus pain, you might expect to take antibiotics. After all, you feel bad, and you want to get better fast. But antibiotics don’t help most respiratory infections, and they can even be harmful. Watch this short video developed by doctors that explains when antibiotics are useful and the risks and benefits of taking antibiotics:

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UBC Bachelor of Midwifery Program

UBC Bachelor of Midwifery Program

Information Session at UBCO

  • Learn about the Admissions process
  • A review of the 4 year program
  • Update on changes for distance students and the Nursing bridging option

Date: Thursday, Nov. 21

Room: Reichwald Health Sciences Centre 129

Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 


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UBC Drinks Tap Water

UBC Drinks Tap Water

From November 14 - 29th 2019, we’re encouraging UBC Students, Staff, and Faculty to increase their consumption of tap water through a project called UBC Drinks Tap Water.

UBC Drinks Tap Water is a campaign led by the UBC Food & Nutrition Committee, which was formed to collaboratively develop a framework to guide food and nutrition strategies on campus. This campaign fulfills one of the three primary actions of the UBC Healthy Beverage Initiative (HBI): To encourage our community to make healthier & more nutritious beverage choices and promote drinking tap water.

Why is it important?

Bottled beverages are packaged in single-use plastic & often loaded with sugar. They’re harmful to both our environment and our health. Tap water is a safe, sustainable and healthful alternative available to most Canadians.

Please complete this survey

Art Hive

Art Hive

If you need a creative break, try free, open art-making at the UNC 337 lounge. No art experience necessary!

Drop-In hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Scent Free

No scents is good sense at UBCO

Did you know that many scented personal products contain chemicals that can affect the health and comfort of those around you?

Scented personal products can make it difficult to concentrate and cause sore throats, congestion, difficulty breathing, nausea, migraines, and other symptoms, especially for those with asthma, allergies, and environmental illnesses. Besides perfume, cologne, and aftershave, some products that may contain added scents are soap, lotions, deodorants, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, makeup, sun screen, detergent, fabric softener, cleaning products, candles, and air fresheners.

Most manufacturers of personal care products make scent-free alternatives. Let’s make UBC Okanagan a better environment for everyone and choose scent-free personal care items as much as possible when on campus.

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Heat schedule: upcoming home games

Men's Basketball:

Nov. 22 vs. UBC @ 8 p.m.

Nov. 23 vs. UBC @ 6 p.m.

Nov. 29 vs. Calgary @ 8 p.m.

Nov. 30 vs. Calgary @ 6 p.m.

Women's Basketball:

Nov. 22 vs. UBC @ 6 p.m.

Nov. 23 vs. UBC @ 4 p.m.

Nov. 29 vs. Calgary @ 6 p.m.

Nov. 30 vs. Calgary @ 4 p.m.

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