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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.

Nov 18, 2020

In this issue:

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6 ways you might be accidentally committing Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct: you know it’s serious, and you know it could have major long-term impacts on your academic career. But did you know you might be committing Academic Misconduct without even realizing it?

Check out our newest blog post to learn the most common forms of misconduct and how to avoid them.

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Academic Integrity Digital Poster Contest

Want to be an Academic Integrity influencer?

The Academic Integrity Digital Poster Contest seeks creative designs (in exchange for cash prizes)! This is a competition to find novel ways to educate students at UBC Okanagan on the importance of Academic Integrity. The contest theme is “Integrity begins with me.” In addition to receiving cash prizes of $250 (first place) and $100 (second place), the selected designs will be used for a campus-wide education campaign in 2021.

The contest encourages submissions that emphasize the positive values that support Academic Integrity (such as honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness, and perseverance). We seek to inspire students to work with integrity through the creative designs of their peers!

The design submission period for the contest opens Dec 1, and closes Jan 8, 2021.

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Get free, personalized learning support at the Student Learning Hub

There are many ways to approach learning, but to learn effectively, you need to tailor your study habits to your own needs. This often means understanding your interests, motivations, and tendencies that influence your learning—and choosing strategies that maximize your strengths.

Refine your study habits, explore your academic goals, and adjust your approach to learning with practical strategies that are tailored to you. From time management and study techniques to communication skills and online study, Hub resources are here to help you improve your academic skills while maintaining a healthy school-life balance.

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Prep your tech for finals

Not sure if you and your computer are ready for online final exams? Do you have questions about the technology requirements you might need?

Join your Peer Technology Assistant (PTA) for a one-hour session to “prep your tech” for finals. The session is being offered at two times:

  • Tuesday, Nov 24, 3 to 4 p.m. PT
  • Thursday, Nov 26, 9 to 10 a.m. PT

Please register in advance and bring your questions! If you are unable to attend this session but would like support, please connect with your PTA.

Register here

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Virtual MD Admissions Information Session – Nov 27

The Southern Medical Program is hosting a virtual information session for prospective applicants to UBC’s distributed MD Undergraduate Program. Learn about the admission requirements, application process, and how the program is training the next generation of physicians for our province.

The event will be held on Friday, Nov 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. PT via Zoom. Space is limited.

Presenters include Dr. Shahin Shirzad, Assistant Dean, Admissions, UBC Faculty of Medicine and current Southern Medical Program students.

Register here

For more information, please contact Carri Folk, Student Affairs and Admissions Coordinator, Southern Medical Program at carri.folk@ubc.ca.

UBC Okanagan Transportation

Tell us how you travel to and from campus and you could win a $100 gift card

The UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan supports future campus growth, community wellbeing, and climate action, through strategies that make it more convenient, affordable and sustainable to get to, from, and around campus. This consultation is an important input into UBC Okanagan’s Transportation Plan.

Consultation runs until November 24 and you can get involved by completing the survey, with a chance to win one of five $100 food delivery gift cards.

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The sun is setting on your chance to apply for Go Global

Go Global deadlines coming up soon! Get ready to apply for an exciting experience next year

Upcoming deadlines to apply for Go Global are Dec 3 (early summer deadline for some partners) and Dec 15 (round 1 deadline for winter exchanges — this is the best time to apply to go abroad next year!)

Need to find out more about Go Global in a hurry? We have two video series: Go Global 101 and the Ambassador’s Desk. Check them out on YouTube.

We will also be hosting drop-in all-day (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT) on December 14th and 15th. Details will soon be made available on our Contact page where you can also find information on how to e-mail us with questions!

DIY wood sign kit

DIY wood sign paint night (online) with UBCO Recreation

Get ready for Winter with a DIY wood sign. Recreation is proud to offer a DIY wood sign paint night (online) on Dec 8 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. PT. The 4 x 16” wood sign kit includes everything you need to complete the project. You will learn how to stain, apply stencil, paint and remove stencil all with colours of your choice to create your wonderful personalized wood sign. Kits will be available for pick-up in Kelowna or shipped to you for additional fee.

Register by Nov 30 to join us virtually as we create our wood signs together. Follow registration link to see design options.

Register here

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Open to Expression virtual art show

In honour of Transgender Day of Remembrance, The Pride Resource Centre, Equity & Inclusion Office and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic introduce Open to Expression, a virtual event focused on community, resilience, and the exploration of gender and identity through diverse expressions of art. There will be an open mic and a live art installation with reflections from trans and non-binary artists. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. To participate as an artist, please email Madison.Tardif@ubc.ca with the subject TDOR Artist.

Register here

Science and Systemic Racism

Science and Systemic Racism Webinar — Nov 26

In the world of science, systemic racism manifests itself in many ways. Major institutions and actors involved in the pursuit of scientific scholarship have responded to these discussions in different ways. Join the Provost and Vice-President Academic for a discussion with Alejandro Adem, President of the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief of Nature as they discuss some of the approaches they are taking.

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Upcoming webinar — Fighting flu: Experts talk about viruses and flu vaccine

UBC professors will share information about their studies related to viruses, influenza vaccine safety and improving flu vaccination coverage.

Join us on Dec 2 from 1–2 p.m. PT. Registration is required. Everyone is welcome.

Register here

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