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Oct 3, 2019

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Dirty Dash

Career Connections

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

✗ You don't have to bring a resume

✗ You don't have to apply for a job

✗ You don't have to stay for the whole event

✓ Just show up!

Career Connections

[TODAY] Thursday, Oct 3:

Everything you ever wanted to know about a career with...
 Okanagan Nation Alliance

When: 4 – 6 p.m.

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

The Okanagan Nation Alliance is a non-profit organization that represents the Syilx nation members and other indigenous peoples. The wellness department offers programs and services grounded in the Syilx-centered framework as a means of reclaiming and restoring Syilx ways of being and knowing through a holistic lens.

Related programs:

  • Arts
  • Social Work
  • Education

Areas of interest:

  • Indigenous Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Social Work
  • other related fields
Dirty Dash

Dirty Dash: Friday Oct. 4

Residence Life and UBC Recreation have partnered to bring back this UBCO classic event, the Dirty Dash!

Participants of all fitness levels are invited to run, walk, carry, balance, and crawl your way through the 5km obstacle course, including obstacles like tire flips, sled pulls, and of course — the mud pit.

Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed and fastest teams, so gather your friends, bring your game face, and be prepared to get dirty! The course can be completed in approximately 45 minutes, with multiple start times to choose from. Food trucks will be parked at the beginning and end of the course to feed hungry participants.

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019

Cost: $20 per team of four (each team will receive four $5 food truck vouchers on race day)

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Thank a Donor

Thank a Donor: Oct 7-11

Donors can make a big difference in students' lives. Take a moment to thank donors for supporting student awards, research and facilities at UBC Okanagan. Look for tables around campus and sign a thank-you card. 

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Student Learning Hub

Now open: Student Learning Hub

Welcome to your new one-stop-shop for FREE tutoring and learning resources at UBCO.

Starting this week, all UBCO learning supports and resources have been united into the Student Learning Hub. The Hub will better support students and reduce barriers to access by offering a single location for all your favourite on-campus learning services, including:

Math & Science TutoringWriting & Language Learning Supports Study Skills Support Course-specific Supplemental LearningAcademic Integrity Matters

All services are now located in in LIB 237. Drop by to visit our new space and learn more about how the Hub can help you achieve your academic goals.

More About the Hub

Joining forces for healthy kids symposium

Joining forces for healthy kids symposium

This symposium will bring together child and family service providers, health professionals, researchers, and students who are interested in children and family health, to network and identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership. 

Oct. 10, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at The Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Avenue. 

This is a free event but registration is required. 

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Orientation now available

Orientation now available on-demand for new students 

Discover something new or reconnect with a favorite! With a variety of class options and times, come find out what’s best for you and your schedule.

All Rec memberships are all-access, including fitness classes, Hangar access, gymnasium access, and drop-in sports.

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Pathways to Policy

Pathways to policy: The power of interdisciplinary collaboration

An open lecture by Eric M. Meslin, Phd, FCAHS

Applying academic work to influencing public policy is an admirable way to effect change in society. But moving from “laboratory to legislature” is easier said than done: it requires different evidence, strategies, techniques and temperaments that few individuals have themselves. This lecture discusses the value of interdisciplinary collaboration when translating knowledge into the public sphere.

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Shuswap Elder and UBCO Community Research Liaison Jessie Nyberg signs as a witness to the declaration of Truth and Reconciliation commitments at a special ceremony Tuesday.

UBC Okanagan declares commitments to Truth and Reconciliation Commission actions

Elders, chiefs and community members from throughout the Syilx Okanagan Nation joined with students, faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan Sept. 24 to witness the historic signing of UBCO's commitments to action toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

View the ceremony online.

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Visiting Artists Lecture Series

Visiting Artists Lecture Series

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is hosting a new lecture series.

All talks start at 2 p.m. in UNC 106. Speakers include:

Nicholas Galanin, Nov. 18, 2019

Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling, Feb. 24, 2020

Krista Belle Stewart, Mar. 9, 2020

Creative Writing

Taking Creative Writing?

Considering Creative Writing?

If you like pizza, games and writing, you are in luck! On Wednesday, Oct. 2, stopy by the Creative Writing Welcome Back event where you can meet the Creative Writing faculty and other writing students while having fun. The event is from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Art 208. 

Adulting 101

Do you feel like an adult?

No? Check out Adulting 101!

Adulting 101 provides free sessions about being an adult. Sessions include:

Oct. 15: Essay Writing

Nov. 5: Academic Stress

Nov. 19: Internal Narratives

Nov. 26: Mindfulness

All sessions are in the UNC Theatre at 12:10 p.m. 


Voting in the 2019 federal election

Every eligible member of the UBC community is encouraged to take part in the 2019 Federal Election. From October 5 to 9, Elections Canada is setting up a special “Vote on Campus” office in the foyer of the Administration building at UBC Okanagan. To vote, you must be a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old on election day, Monday, October 21.


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CEO strategy forum

Oct. 4: UBCO CEO strategy forum

This forum brings together extraordinary leaders with aspiring entrepreneurs in a private setting to share and learn from successes, opportunities, and challenges.

Learn from four leading CEOs as they share business insights from their diverse careers in software, biotech, medical devices, cannabis, and world-class wine production.

5-6 PM Reception
6:00-7:30 Panel and Q&A

The Innovation Centre - 460 Doyle Ave.


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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SAAM 2019 Initiative Application

January looks a little different at UBCO. Why?

Because it is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM): a month long series of events aimed at raising awareness of sexual violence. The first ever SAAM started by students. Groups and clubs like Sexual Assault and Rape Awareness (SARA) wanted to do more to prevent violence on university campuses. Every year we pick a new theme and this year our theme is "We Ask."

We are calling on individuals to take a pledge together and commit to asking in all relationships and interactions whether with colleagues, friends or our intimate partners. It is time to ASK. We want everyone in on it, returning to the roots of SAAM.

We are calling on YOU, students, staff, faculty, groups, unions, departments and clubs to take part by doing something in your community to talk about asking and consent and to challenge rape culture and society norms that cause sexual violence. Join SVPRO and SARA in SAAM 2020 by creating your own event and/or initiative with your friends and colleagues. SVPRO is providing up to $250 to support initiatives during SAAM. Application deadline is October 27, 2019 at 11:59pm.

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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.

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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The Toker

The Toker

The Ontario Lung Association wants to talk about how to be a hero to your lungs, and how cannabis affects this. The Toker is about someone (trying to) go on an epic journey to become a hero. We’ll keep you up to date on where the Toker won’t be going next, by releasing upcoming episodes in future UBCO Life newsletters. Check out the first episode, Epic Walk, here:

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Stay Healthy This School Year

Stay healthy this school year:

3 tips for every student

With mid-terms fast approaching, staying healthy can slide off the growing to-do list. Whether you are a new student or an experienced one, faculty members within the School of Health and Exercise Sciences want to ensure you stay healthy this year. 

Take advantage of these three research-based tips to maintain your health this year. 

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Heat schedule: upcoming home games

Men's Soccer:

Oct. 10 vs. Thompson Rivers @ 7:30 p.m.

Women's Soccer:

Oct. 4 vs. Victoria @ 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 vs. UBC @ 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 10 vs. Thompson Rivers @ 5:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball:

Oct. 4 vs. MacEwan @ 5 p.m. (Exhibition)

Oct. 5 vs. MacEwan @ 3 p.m. (Exhibition)


Oct. 4 - Oct. 6 @ Bear Course - Okanagan Golf Club

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