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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.

Apr 18, 2020

In this issue:

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Student studying

Credit/D/Fail Standing at the Okanagan campus: Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to keep your grades reflected as a percentage, or should you apply for Credit/D/Fail standing instead?

There are a number of factors to consider before you apply for Credit/D/Fail standing. Before you make this important decision, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about what this standing means, how to apply, and how it could affect your future plans.

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Wellness Centre Online

UBC Wellbeing launches new
Wellness Centre: Online

We are pleased to share the launch of our new Wellness Centre: Online, offered in Canvas specifically for students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The Wellness Centre: Online provides access to self-care modules and resources that will be continually updated, including:

  • sessions with our nurses, counsellors and your peers
  • wellness tips
  • community connection and support

Access these resources and more in Canvas:

Enrol Here



Highlights from the Wellness Centre: Online

Alone but together

Enrol in the Wellness Centre: Online to access one of our community connection groups:

Any UBCO students
Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

International students
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m.

Ask the nurse

Picture a health booth on campus – and make it virtual!

Visit us Tuesdays at 3 p.m. to ask your questions and discuss health-related topics with other UBCO community members. We’ll have fun, interactive questions and games to get you thinking. Enrol in the Wellness Centre: Online to access the Collaborate Ultra sessions.

Want better sleep?

We know a lot of people have had trouble sleeping lately, and we want to help you get the rest you need to do well in finals and life. Tuesday April 21 and Thursday April 23 at 4 p.m., join one of our Health and Wellness counsellors to walk you through expert tips on how to get the sleep you need. Enrol in the Wellness Centre: Online to join these Collaborate Ultra sessions.

BFA Graduating Exhibition

BFA Graduating Exhibition - Any Moment

Students have been working hard to create a body of original and engaging works over the course of the year and this April they will show their best works. The graduation show includes a wide variety of artists’ works including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, digital media and printmaking.

Any Moment 

4th Year UBCO Visual Arts Virtual Exhibition

May 15 to 31, 2020

Stay tuned for the launch of our virtual exhibition, starting May 15th!

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Golden Apple Awards Winners

Golden Apple Awards - 2020 winners announced!

Wow — we received more than 70 nominations for this year’s Golden Apple Awards. The Golden Apple Awards are a student-led initiative to acknowledge teachers that are supporting wellbeing in the academic environment. The award criteria is based on research that was completed on classroom wellbeing at the UBC Vancouver campus. This year, two winners were awarded in each of ten categories.

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Award in Campus Engagement

Apply by May 1 for $2,000 award in campus engagement and leadership

Two $2,000 awards are available through the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan for students enrolled at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus:

UBC Okanagan Students’ Union Service award

Amal Alhuwayshil award in campus engagement and leadership

These awards recognize students in undergraduate or graduate programs who have demonstrated commendable efforts to enhance on-campus engagement and well-being, or who have engaged in campus-based activities involving diversity, and inclusion, and demonstrated leadership in these areas.

Applications must be submitted on or before May 1, 2020 4:00 p.m. PDT

Apply Now

Award in Campus Engagement

Student Emergency Fund for
those in urgent need

UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO), the Government of BC, and UBC Okanagan have established a student emergency fund for students in need as a result of COVID-19.

Please be reminded that this is a limited fund, and at the moment is focused on assisting students in immediate financial need. If you have an urgent, unexpected financial need, you can apply by emailing UBC Okanagan Enrolment Services at Include in your email the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • How you have been funding your education to date (e.g., personal savings, parental support, government student loans, bursary, scholarship, etc.)
  • Where you are currently residing
  • Details on your urgent COVID-19-related need

Emergency funding requests will be processed carefully and confidentially. This information will help determine if emergency funding is your best option for financial support, or if other funding sources and strategies are better suited to your needs. If other options are better suited to your needs you will receive details about how to access that support.

Please contact Enrolment Services at with any questions.

Award in Campus Engagement

International Students: share your comments on a proposed iMED Fee increase

UBC is seeking comments from individual students and student organisations on campus regarding a proposed increase to iMED Fees that would impact international students.

More information on the proposal and consultation process can be viewed at the website below:

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Please email your comments on the proposal to: by April 27, 2020.

Mental health support

Free mental health support available for all BC residents

All British Columbians now have access to free, psychological first-aid thanks to a collaboration between UBC Okanagan, the BC Psychological Association, and the province.Residents seeking assistance can access the service by filling out a short online form on the BCPA website or by calling 604-827-0847. They will then be contacted from one of 200 volunteer registered psychologists within 24 to 48 hours.

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Heat athletic award virtual banquet

UBCO top athletes and other major athletic awards announced via one-of-a-kind online awards ceremony

Natalie Livingston (volleyball) and Hamish Walde (soccer) rise above the rest and are the 2019-20 UBC Okanagan Heat's Outstanding Athletes of the Year.

The two were announced as UBCO’s top athletes of the year and honoured as part of the UBCO virtual banquet.

In response to COVID-19, the annual UBCO Heat Varsity Athletic Awards Celebration evolved into multi-week online event. Labelled #NoBanquetNoProblem, the virtual banquet took place in the form of stories posted to both the @ubcoheat Facebook and Instagram channels.

Prior to Livingston and Walde being named top athlete it was Jordan Korol (basketball) and Mike Mitchell (cross country) receiving the top award for graduating players at UBCO.

For first-year players, Amaya Perry (volleyball) was the female rookie of the year for the Heat, while, Pierson Stanley (soccer), was the top male freshman.

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Essay-based exams

How to tackle essay-based exams

Learn ways to succeed with essay-based exams from a UBC alumnus. With many exams being transitioned to essay-based these are great tips for you to succeed. 

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Multiple Choice Test

How to tackle multiple choice tests

Learn ways to succeed on multiple choice tests from a UBC alumna. Multiple choice tests can be tricky but with these tips you can put yourself in a position to succeed. 

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Student with a computer and book

Tell us - how are online classes going?

Do you have a professor who’s gone above and beyond? Are you getting frustrated with technology and platforms that aren’t meeting your needs? Has studying/working from home brought unexpected challenges or benefits?

VOICE wants to hear it all! We want to know what’s working and what isn’t so we can advocate for helpful system changes, especially with our new virtual platforms for classes and exams. E-mail us about anything that’s made a significant impact on your experience lately at: Everything you share will be kept confidential with our campus health specialists.

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