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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.

Oct 16, 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 employers:

Fortis BC

 Thursday, Oct 17:

Everything you ever wanted to know about a career with...

When: 4 – 6 p.m.

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

FortisBC is a leading provider of natural gas and electricity to British Columbia.

Related programs:

  • Engineering
  • Management
  • Other Related Fields

Positions Include:

  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Corporate Services
  • Customer Services
  • Engineering & Planning
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Operations & Technical Staff

Learn more


 Thursday, Oct 24:

Everything you ever wanted to know about a career with...

When: 4 – 6 p.m.

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

Terracon is an employee-owned consulting and field services business that has been serving resource, industrial and infrastructure projects across Western Canada since 1983.

Employees work with a wide range of well-trained, safety-conscious, professional engineers and technologists on various key projects. Working with a variety of clients, employees are trained in multiple disciplines to advance their skillset and grow in their profession.

Related programs:

  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Environmental Science
  • Other Related Fields

Positions Include:

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Geological Consultation
  • Environmental Management
  • Water Resources
  • Mine and Tailings Engineering
  • Material Testing and Construction Monitoring
  • Laboratory Testing

Learn more

Student in library

Have questions about your Bachelor of Arts degree?

Are you in the BA program or interested in transferring? Do you know what your requirements are? Does degree navigator make sense to you?

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

When: October 23, 5-6 p.m.

Where: UNC 207

Tickets are free, but pre-registration is requested.

Register here

250 Years of Alexander von Humboldt

250 Years of Alexander von Humboldt

Students are invited to join science historian Sandra Rebok for a talk on von Humboldt, his scientific project and his relevance today.

When: Wed, October 16, 2019 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Where: Innovation Centre
460 Doyle Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A2

This is a free event, but registration is required.

Register Now

Student Learning Hub

Student Learning Hub:

Upcoming workshops and events

Crafting Thesis Statements:

Oct. 17, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Confused about how to condense your ideas into a single statement? We will focus on how to build a strong thesis statement that represents your ideas or arguments about a topic. This workshop is intended for undergraduate students. Any questions about writing are welcome!

Location: LIB 237, the Student Learning Hub in the Supplemental Learning room at the back of the space. The Hub can only be accessed using the west (Fipke facing) Library stairwell.

The workshop is free and there is no need to register.


Using Sources Correctly in Academic Writing:

Oct. 23 & 24, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Worried that you might not be integrating your sources correctly? This workshop will help you learn how and when to use sources in academic papers, including quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing correctly. All undergraduate students with any questions about writing are welcome!

Location: LIB 237, the Student Learning Hub in the Supplemental Learning room at the back of the space. The Hub can only be accessed using the west (Fipke facing) Library stairwell.

The workshop is free and there is no need to register.

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The break escape

UBC 2019 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!

Flu shot

Get your free flu shot

Boost your wellbeing and promote a healthy campus by getting your free flu shot—it is your best protection against the flu.

Drop into UNC 200 for a clinic of your choice:

October 29 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

October 30 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

November 7 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn More

IPS Events

Beat the Midterm Blues

Midterms and assignments got you feeling a little blue? Don’t despair, IPS will cheer you up with a slice of free pizza. Gluten-free, vegan, veggie and halaal options available.

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00 pm

Room: UNC 227 (IPS front space)

Registration: None required. Limited quantities – first-come, first-served until all the pizza is gone.

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Sessions

Graduating this term or this year? Find out how to apply for the post-graduation work permit and to remain in Canada as a worker. Registration required.

Date(s): Wednesday, October 23, 2pm

Times(s): 2:00 pm

Room: UNC 227 (IPS front space)



IDP Cultural Appropriation

International Programs and Services is holding the first IDP workshop on Cultural Appropriation. Join us on Friday, October 25, 2019, at 1:00 PM in LIB106B.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

Room: LIB106B


International Student Alumni Panel

Hear from former UBC students who have successfully entered the Canadian job market. See how they maneuvered the job market and landed their first post-UBC job. Ask questions and get real-world tips for getting hired and inspired. Stay for free refreshments after but make sure to register early as space is limited. This event is part of the Intercultural Career Development Program (ICDP). Registration required.

Date(s): Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

Room: LIB 305


United States Visa Information Session and Pop-Up Consulate

Interested in visiting the United States? The US Consulate in Vancouver will be conducting an interactive information session about applying to visit the US. Registration is required.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm

Room: ART 214


United States citizens – please be advised that the consulate will also be visiting Kelowna for pop-up consular services on the same day (October 30, 2019). This is a different event and appointments are required. The pop-up session is not open to non-U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens can email the consulate for an appointment: vancouveracs@state.gov.

JET Programme

Always wanted to experience Japan? Not sure what to do after graduation? Learn more about the JET Programme!

Imagine your life in Japan with the JET Programme. Find out how you can gain valuable overseas work experience, learn about Japanese culture, and meet people from around the world while contributing to language education and international understanding.

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme offers a minimum, one-year opportunity to experience Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) or Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) through an official Government of Japan program. ALTs work alongside Japanese teachers of English in the public school system, while CIRs are employed in local government offices.

Visit our information booth on Thursday, October 17, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm in the foyer of the University Centre (UNC) building.

Bachelor degree graduates and students in their final year are eligible for next year’s program

Learn More

Ombuds Office

Dealing with a fairness issue related to university life?

The Ombuds office can

  • Identify and explain relevant UBC policies and procedures
  • Explore options on how best to proceed and make effective referrals
  • Provide guidance to help plan strategies
  • Clarify goals and promote problem-solving
  • Empower students to deal directly and effectively with their concerns
  • Facilitate discussions and use informal channels to seek resolution
  • Give sound, practica advice
  • Listen and provide an objective perspective

The Ombuds office cannot:

  • Decide who is right or wrong
  • Take sides
  • Receive complaints unrelated to the university
  • Provide legal advice or counselling services
  • Advocate for an individual case
  • Compel actions or overturn decisions

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn more

The Toker

The Toker, Episode 2

The Ontario Lung Association has produced a new cartoon to help educate people on the effects of cannabis. The last UBCO Life newsletter featured episode 1 of the Toker’s failed attempt at hero life. This week, check-in on the Toker to find out what his latest idea is to (try and) overcome the effects of frequent cannabis use. Check out the second episode, The Ride, here!

Watch Here


Cannabis legalization and young adults:
Early signals from the Multi-method Evaluation of the Transitions to Cannabis Legalization (METRIC-L) Study

Presented by: Zach Walsh, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Tatiana Sanchez, MA student, Clinical Psychology

In this lecture, the presenters will discuss will discuss preliminary findings regarding cannabis use and the impacts of the recent federal legalization including : changes in cannabis use norms, its use in place of alcohol, and the ongoing challenges and developments in cannabis research methods.

WHEN: Friday, November 8, 2019, 12 – 1:00 pm PST

WHERE: Room RHS 260 LT, Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, UBC Okanagan

Free and open to the public!

Register Now


Heat schedule: upcoming home games

Men's Volleyball:

Oct. 25 vs. Alberta @ 8 p.m.

Oct. 26 vs. Alberta @ 6 p.m.

Nov. 1 vs. Manitoba @ 8 p.m.

Nov. 2 vs. Manitoba @ 6 p.m.

Women's Volleyball:

Oct. 25 vs. Alberta @ 6 p.m.

Oct. 26 vs. Alberta @ 4 p.m.

Nov. 1 vs. Manitoba @ 6 p.m.

Nov. 2 vs. Manitoba @ 4 p.m.

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