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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.

Sep 16, 2020

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • Sep 21: Last day to drop your course without a W standing (Term 1 courses)
    This is the final day you can drop a course and still get a full refund.

  • Nov 13: Last day to drop your course with a W standing
    This is the final day you can drop a course in the SSC. However, you will have to pay up to 100% of the course fees and you'll receive a permanent "W" on your academic record for that course.

    If you need to drop a course, do so early. If in doubt, contact an Academic Advisor to discuss your options.

    Refer to the Academic Calendar for all upcoming dates and deadlines.


Dates and deadlines

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Share your thoughts with the
new AVP, Students

Dear students,

As UBCO’s new Associate Vice-President for Students, I am committed to making your experience at UBCO the best it can be. To do that, I need to hear from you — I want to know what you care about, what your challenges are, and how the university can help you get the most out of your time with us.

Throughout my first year, I’m planning to hold monthly listening sessions with students on a variety of themes such as the virtual student experience, health and wellness, BIPOC student experiences, and other topics related to your experience.

This is an education for me—an opportunity to learn about your student culture, how UBCO student services are meeting your needs (or not), and, most importantly, for me to listen to help identify opportunities for us to support student success.

I hope you can join me on Friday, October 2, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PDT) for my first session, which will be on the topic of the virtual student experience.

Hope you see you there!

Dale Mullings
Associate Vice-President, Students
UBC’s Okanagan Campus

AVPS listening session:
the virtual student experience 

Date: Friday, October 2
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PDT)

Please register in advance:

Register here

virtual study space

Book an appointment with an online learning coach

OLCs are here to provide personalized online learning support to help you adapt to the requirements and demands of learning online and connect you with the tools and strategies you need to succeed — whether you’re looking for help getting the most out of your online courses, developing your study skills, or assistance finding a particular learning resource or support.

Connect with an OLC by booking an appointment or dropping in at a time that works with your schedule. You can also select to meet with an OLC specific to your area of study.

Learn more

connection through technology

Get assistance with all your technology-related questions

Do you have technology-related questions? Are you having difficulty accessing and using UBC software and programs for online learning? Do you have questions about what technology is available to students?

Your new peer technology assistant is part of the Student Learning Hub team and is available for drop-in and one-on-one support with:

  • technical assistance
  • Canvas and other UBC learning technologies
  • access to UBC programs and software
  • troubleshooting software issues
  • information about online learning resources available to you

Learn more

Student studying

On-campus study spaces

A limited number of on-campus study spaces in ART, COM and EME are available for students who are taking in-person classes, living in residence or who otherwise need to be on campus.

If you come to campus, you'll need to observe all health safety rules. Bring your own device — computer labs are closed. 

Plan ahead by booking a space in COM or EME.

Learn more

As part of UBC’s commitment to the health and safety of our community, and the responsibility we all share in preventing the potential for COVID-19, students, faculty, staff or visitors are required to follow UBC’s COVID-19 Campus Rules when on campus, which include assessing yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms, wearing non-medical masks when indoors, and following signage and floor markings when moving around premises.

students walking

International students connection group

Make friends and connect with other international students weekly in a friendly and informal conversation.

Join us on Tuesdays from 2–3:30 p.m.

Learn more

peer tutors

Peer Mentor Program

New to UBCO? Be sure to connect with your Peer Mentor, a seasoned, upper-year student who is a UBC Okanagan campus expert. They are there to be a first point of connection, able to answer your questions and direct you to resources, events, and opportunities. Connect with your Peer Mentor through Canvas.

Learn more about Peer Mentors

You're not crazy, you're not wrong

You’re not crazy, you’re not wrong: Hearing experiences of people of colour in the university

Join us for a webinar on September 17 with Professor Anthony Stewart of Bucknell University, on the contradictions of the university for people of colour. The talk will be followed by a discussion from members of the UBC Okanagan community and a moderated Q&A.

Learn more and register

Students attending a seminar

Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium: Sep. 17

Students, come out and support your peers!

Join us for virtual presentations from the 2020 recipients of the Undergraduate Research Awards Program on Sep.17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

No registration is required – stop in when you can!

If you’re interested in attending this event, please contact Julie Martin at for Zoom details.

Students at virtual Homecoming

Celebrate together online at Homecoming at Home ft. Scott Helman

On September 25, join UBC Okanagan for Homecoming at Home, a global broadcast celebration for UBC alumni, students, and the UBC community. This year we reimagine Homecoming as we celebrate our campus’ 15-year anniversary.

This 30-minute program will feature special messages by UBC speakers, appearances by alumni and students, a digital A Cappella Choir performance by UBCO Beats, and an at-home headline performance by Canadian singer-songwriter, Scott Helman. You won’t want to miss it!

Register here

student at a computer

Basics of Canvas

Feeling unsure about Canvas? Master the basics in less than two minutes with a video made by your peers at UBC Okanagan. Learn how to access Canvas, customize your dashboard, view your grades, and more.

Watch the video

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Kickstart your career

Make the most of your time at UBC and get a head start on your career by exploring options available to you. Be sure to explore the UBC Okanagan Student and Alumni Job Board for announcements about events and a variety of employment and volunteer opportunities available both on- and off-campus. Here are some fantastic career-related events that can help you discover more about yourself and what the future may hold.

Getting involved: Finding a good fit – Sept 17, 9–10 a.m.

Virtual Volunteer Fair — Sept 23, 1–5 p.m.

Graduate and Professional Schools Virtual Fair — Sept 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Unique paths, shared impact — Sept 18, 9-10am

How to plan for grad school

Year Level Career Planning
Join Career Services to discuss relevant career information based on your year of study

  • Year 4 — Sept 22, 3–4 p.m.
  • Year 1 — Sept 29, 10–11 a.m.

Virtual job search strategies
Sept 23, 2–3 p.m.

How to make the most out of a virtual career fair

Career Day Virtual Fair
Oct 1, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Student doing yoga

Virtual fitness classes

Want to keep up with your fitness while you’re off-campus? UBCO Recreation is offering a variety of virtual classes so you can stay active while working from home.

Check out the group fitness schedule

Student working out

Lunch & Lift workshop series

Lunch & Lift is a series of free 2-in-1 interactive wellbeing workshops consisting of a 30-minute movement class, followed by a 30-minute interactive wellbeing session facilitated by a UBC wellbeing professional. Different fitness classes and wellbeing professionals will be showcased each month. All registered participants in attendance at each session will be entered in a draw to WIN prizes each month.

Time: September 23, 12 p.m. -1 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Location: Zoom. A unique Zoom link will be sent out by email a few days before the event to all registered participants.

What to Bring: All you need is a water bottle and don’t forget to wear your comfortable active wear! No other equipment is required; however, you may want to have a yoga mat or towel to work on for the fitness portion. No fitness or nutrition experience is required to attend. This session will be applicable for all levels of ability/knowledge.

Learn more

Little boy playing baseball

UBCO Recreation blitzball league

Blitzball is a variation of the game of baseball. It is a recreational sport that can be played by anyone, no previous baseball experience is required. The enjoyment of blitzball comes from having the ability to curve the ball with ease, while also being able to hit the ball great distances. Each team has three fielders and a pitcher. Get your friends together for a fun fall league. The simplicity of the sport allows for a competitive yet fun atmosphere.

September 18–October 30, 2020

Time: Fridays 7–10 p.m.

Location: Nonis Field, UBCO

Register online

Students paddle boarding

Stand-up paddle boarding

UBCO Recreation has partnered with Kelowna Paddle Centre (3020 Abbot Street, Kelowna) to provide stand-up paddle boarding lessons this fall. Come and enjoy a relaxing night on Okanagan Lake.

You can register for one or multiple sessions.

Thursday, Sept 17, or 24 at 6 -7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 20 or 27 at 10-11 a.m.


Register online

Student rock climbing

Introduction to rock climbing

Learn to climb with 4 fun-filled nights at Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym (658 Finns Road #5, Kelowna). Each lesson will be 1.5 hour sessions.

The class includes rental equipment and instruction by certified climbing instructors. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the climbing gym.

Wednesday lessons: Sept 16, 23, 30 & Oct 7

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: $35.00

Register online

Student kickboxing

Kickboxing is back!

Join UBCO Recreation for a 5 week session of kickboxing classes.

Registration is $30.00 and covers instruction & equipment for 5 weekly classes. The price can’t be beat and is only available when purchased through UBCO Rec. There are limited spots available so sign-up today.

Thursdays, Sept 24-Oct 22

Time: 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Location: South Court, UBCO Gymnasium

Register online

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