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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.

Feb. 2, 2022

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • Midterm break: February 21 to 25

More important dates and deadlines


Move UBC Challenge

This February, join a 28-day challenge that encourages you to explore and reflect on various aspects of physical activity and wellbeing while uncovering ways to fit movement into your day. This challenge will lead you through the 24-hour movement guidelines, important factors that contribute to your overall health, and more.

Learn more


Discounted ClassPass available during February

UBC Recreation is offering UBCO students discounted rates to ClassPass, an all-in-one membership that provides you with access to on-demand, live-streamed, and in-person classes to encourage movement throughout the day. Use your ClassPass credits to book a variety of fitness and wellness experiences both offline and online. Plus enjoy complimentary access to the ClassPass library of 4,000 hours of on-demand classes.

Now is the perfect time to try something new and different to find something that gets you moving no matter where you are.

Explore ClassPass today


Physical activity educational workshops

Join the Move U Crew for a 3-week series of Physical Activity Educational Workshops starting on Friday, February 4. These sessions will be hosted virtually through Zoom and are free to participate in. Learn tips for setting SMART goals, overcoming barriers, maintaining healthy activity levels, and incorporating activity into daily life.

Register now



Sovereign lake cross country ski

UBCO Recreation is excited to offer cross country skiing in partnership with Sovereign Lake on February 12 from 1 to 5 pm. All ski passes will need to be purchased online to reserve your spot and rentals can be purchased at Sovereign when you arrive. An afternoon ski pass costs $15 and rentals cost $5.

Register now



Curling Bonspiel

Grab your friends and join us for a fun day of curling at the Kelowna Curling Club! Happening Sunday, February 13 from 3 to 7:30 pm, this event is great for beginners and experienced curlers alike. Sign up with a team of 4 to 6 players to join.

Register now



GEO’s Food Community Program is re-opening on February 7

If you find yourself making the tough choice between paying bills and buying groceries, you may be experiencing food insecurity. It’s okay to ask for help and it's important that you know you are not alone. According to the 2019 Undergraduate Experience Survey, 41% of UBCO international students have experienced food insecurity. If you are an international student who would benefit from food security support, please feel free to access any of GEO´s Food Community Program initiatives.

  • GEO´s Food Community
    Located at UNC 227A, GEO´s Food Community welcomes international students to pick up nutritious and non-perishable food items.
  • Grocery gift cards
    We have President's Choice gift cards (Real Canadian Superstore & Your Independent Grocer Stores) available upon request. Register here.

Get started



Free food skills workshop – let’s cook together

If you didn’t get a chance to cook with us last semester, we’ve got good news for you! Campus Health has planned many more free food skills workshops this semester. We’re opening registration for our first two workshops. Let us guide you and you follow along at home with the ingredients provided.

Register now



New fund for community research

Are you interested in local history, public humanities, Indigenous studies, regional identity, community engagement, or museum and library studies? Do you love exploring photographs and archives at your local museum? Are you interested in cultural history and how regional identities are developed? The Sharron Simpson Family Community Engagement Endowment Fund is for you!

Follow your interests while you work with community partners and university mentors and gain experience with community research, project management, and knowledge dissemination. Apply before February 28.

Learn more



Looking to attend a conference or student competition, but don’t have the funds?

UBCO offers financial support to students looking to attend a conference, bring a new student initiative to campus, or attend a student competition. Depending on the type of funding you’re seeking, you could be eligible to receive up to $3,500.

Not sure where to start? The Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund Program Assistant is available to support you as you prepare and complete your application. Join “Tea with Tuum Est” on February 8, 9, or 10 at Student Connect, UNC 206 to learn more.

The next deadline to apply for funding is Monday, February 14.

Learn more



Participants needed for a survey about food purchase decisions

We want to learn more about people’s preferences for different types of foods, and what they prioritize when making purchases. We would be grateful if you could participate in our on-campus survey about food purchase decisions. The survey will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete, and your data will be stored anonymously and securely in British Columbia. As an expression of our gratitude, we have four $50 Tim Hortons gift vouchers to give out. When you complete the survey you will be able to opt-in to the draw, which will give you the chance of winning one of the vouchers.

For more information, contact:

Rowan Holyer
Undergraduate, Department of Economics


Apply now to boost cross-cultural skills with European partners

Want to have a global experience and grow your entrepreneurship skills without travelling abroad?

Apply to Network for Intercultural Competence to Facilitate Entrepreneurship (NICE), a multi-university virtual learning program designed to help students develop in-demand intercultural and entrepreneurial skills. The program is a series of interactive online modules, facilitated group discussion, and project work with a cross-institutional team of students addressing a global challenge.

Dates: March 2 to early July (flex)

Application deadline: February 9

Program cost: free

Learn more


Join the re-defining manhood conversation

Be a part of this term’s conversation.

Join a group of masculine-identified campus members talking about issues that matter: social expectations, mental health, suicide, dating, consent, and more.

This informative and supportive group occurs online every Tuesday at 3 pm starting February 8 for 8 weeks.

Supported by the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (SVPRO)

To register, please contact


Research to practice webinar presented by a UBCO master’s student

In this presentation, a UBCO master's student will describe the development of a volunteer model of care to support those who are caring for a child with medical complexity or in palliative care.

Happening Tuesday, February 15 from 10 to 11 am PT via Zoom webinar. Registration is required.

Register here

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