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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.

Jan 22, 2020

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SAAM Events

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

For 10 years, Sexual Assault Awareness Month has raised awareness and encouraged people to take action to prevent sexualized violence. SAAM is rooted in student leadership and activism, and events are put on by different UBC groups including clubs, student associations and support services.

Learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness month:

More about SAAM


40% Unfounded Cases: From Awareness to Action

Jan. 22 @ 4:30 p.m., UNC 200

Aden Wither’s experience with the RCMP is not an outlier. Her report is among the 5,000 cases of sexual assaults that are closed by police every year. Join us for a panel discussion with Aden and community activists moderated by CBC Host, Alya Ramadan, to explore how we bring about structural change and explore accountability. This event is brought to you in partnership with The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society. Appetizers and refreshments provided following the panel.

Tickets are by donation.

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Tuum Est

Up to $3500 available to fund your student initiative

Want to bring a new initiative to campus? Need financial support to attend a conference or competition? We fund that.

UBC has up to $3,500 available to fund your initiative or competition or up to $500 to help you attend a conference. Even better — we’ll help you with your application.

Upcoming application deadlines: Feb. 10, Mar. 16

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Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Series

Offered in partnership with the Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym, learn to climb, receive your belay certificate and feel confident on the wall with this 4 session series. 

Each session is 1.5 hours & participants must attend every session. 

Thursdays: Jan. 23 - Feb. 13, 2020

Cost: $30 per person



New Workout Challenge - R100 check out the details online at 100 workout challenge. Workouts from Sept 2019 will count towards your completed workouts. Prizes for first 100 participants to complete 70 workouts and first 50 Finishers of 100 workouts will receive a Finisher Shirt!

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R100 challenge

Join the R100 Workout Challenge

Nee some motivation to stay on track with your fitness goals?

UBC Recreation has partnered with Fitness Experience to bring you the R100 Workout Challenge!

Each time you sign-in for a workout, group fitness class or to use the gymnasium counts as one workout. Work out 100 times this school year to complete the challenge — there is no weight to lose, mileage to accrue, or reps to count… just show up and do your thing.

Bonus: we will retroactively include all the workouts you've already completed since September!

Register now

Smoke-free week

Jan 19-25 is National Non-Smoking Week

Canada has marked this coming week (January 19-January 25) as National Non-Smoking week! Join countless others to kick the habit of smoking/vaping and begin a new journey.

In addition to National Non-Smoking Week, Weedless Wednesday is Wednesday January 22. Some people people use cannabis, smoking or vaping as a form of stress release, and quitting can be difficult. You’re not alone - there are resources on campus and around the city that can provide the help you need:

UBCO Health and Wellness | 250 807 9270

Quitnow Services | 1-877-455-2233

Volunteer Now

Feb 20: Volunteer with Experience UBC

Are you interested in being a role model for high school students and sparking their interest in attending university at UBC? If you answered yes, this is a great opportunity for you!

The Student Recruitment and Advising team are looking for volunteers from all faculties and all year-levels for our upcoming event, Experience UBC. On Thursday, February 20th, the Experience UBC Leaders will welcome hundreds of local high school students to the Okanagan campus and lead them through a day of special programming and activities. If you will be in Kelowna during the February reading week and available to volunteer, please register online. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Zeleznik at 

Register Here

Dosed Documentary

Feb 7: Dosed Documentary

The psychedelic documentary Dosed is coming to UBCO on Feb. 7. Dosed is an award-winning documentary about treating anxiety, depression, and addiction with psychedelics. Feat. Dr. Gabor Maté, Paul Stamets, Rick Doblin & more. The film will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion feat. special guests from the film! The first 50 students to redeem the code STDNT will get 20% off! **Advance sales only. Must show valid student ID at the door**

Register Here

Mathieu Bourbonnais, assistant professor in earth, environmental and geographic sciences

Academic Adventurer: Mathieu Bourbonnais' story

For researcher, professor and former wildland firefighter Mathieu Bourbonnais, the journey was just as sweet as the destination.

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Art Hive

Volunteer with Art Hive

The Art Hive is a welcoming, inclusive space on campus that offers free art supplies for students to create, de-stress and connect. There are on-campus volunteer positions available (2-3 hours/week):

These volunteer positions are open to all UBCO student — if you have a friendly, open attitude, enjoy being creative, are reliable & organized, and would like to be part of a fun, growing initiative, the Art Hive would love to hear from you. Familiarity with art materials/personal art practice is an asset but not necessary.

Please contact Sophie at for more info or to apply. 

Give me a break survey

#givemeabreak with Alumni UBC and you could win a $250 Sparkling Hill gift certificate

Is the grey Kelowna weather getting you down? If Winter Break seems like a distant memory, and it feels like exams will be back before you know it, perhaps a change of scenery would help. This winter, alumni UBC will be treating one lucky UBC Okanagan student to a recharging night away with a $250 Sparkling Hill gift certificate! For your chance to win, please complete the #givemeabreak Student Survey. Survey closes at noon on February 14. The winner will be announced in the @alumniubco Instagram stories.

Take the Survey Here

Campus-to-Campus run

Popular Campus-to-Campus run returns in 2020

Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan are partnering to revitalize the popular campus-to-campus half-marathon and relay race for the first time in a decade. Runners (UBCO and OC students, staff, faculty and community) are invited to lace up on Saturday, April 4 to run a 21.1 km route starting on campus, travelling down the Okanagan Rail Trail to the Waterfront Trail. The run ends at the College campus on KLO Road with music, food, drink and prizes — a big celebration of campus connections.

Register Here

Golden Apple Award

Golden Apple Award nominations now open!

It's that time of year again to nominate an instructor that supports student wellbeing! Wellbeing is a priority at UBC, and recognizing and rewarding the instructors who support student wellbeing is an important part of that. Let's share our gratitude with them!

Instructors may be nominated in one or more of the following 10 categories:

  • Fostering Student-Instructor Relationships
  • Fostering Peer-to-Peer Relationships
  • Helping Students Find Value in the Subject Matter
  • Helping Students Find Value in the Learning Process
  • Structuring the Course Effectively 
  • Delivering the Material Effectively 
  • Supporting Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Recognizing that Students Have Lives Outside Academics
  • Openly Discuss Wellbeing-related Topics
  • Creating a Safe Classroom Environment

The Golden Apple Awards is STUDENT-DRIVEN with support from Campus Health. Categories are based on the resource "Teaching Practices that Promote Student Wellbeing". The deadline for nominations is Sunday, March 1, 2020. We will host the Golden Apple Awards Ceremony near the end of March. Stay tuned for more information!!

Nominate Here

Kyla Morris

From England to English

Kyla Morris started at UBCO with the dream of a psychology degree. But an inspiring English professor and a study abroad experience in England punctuated by Shakespearean literature and philosophy caused a plot twist in Morris’ academic path.

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Opioid Dialogue

Opiods in the community - pizza chat 

We want to talk about opioids have affected the UBCO community. Our goal is to understand the experiences of our campus community, discuss what resources exist and what resources are needed to better support those who have been affected. Come join us in Arts 102 on February 11 for free pizza and share your thoughts in a safe and welcoming environment, hosted by Campus Health. 


Tandem Language program

Tandem Language exchange 

Come and join our free, fun Tandem Language Exchange program happening this term! Meet new people, learn a language and teach a language that you know. 

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Men's Circle

Join the "Men's Circle"

It's time to redefine manhood. Join the "Men's Circle" - an 8-week group for self-identified men to hang out, share food and stories, and talk about issues affecting us including depression, suicide, relationships, dating, friendship, social expectations, and how masculinity plays a role in all of these and our daily lives. The group will meet once a week for eight weeks starting Feb 6 in the evenings. Food will be provided each week. 

Register Here

Voice: Student Food Security

UBCO VOICE: Student Food Security

Have you ever worried that you might not be able to afford your next meal? Have you stressed about having to decide between tuition and food? Have you had to skip meals due to a lack of finances? Are you too busy to cook? If any of these sound like something you have experienced, you are not alone and we want to hear from you!

As part of VOICE’s project on food security, we want to find out more about the barriers that students are facing when it comes to being able to access the food they need. We are hosting a “Mouthful” Table Talk discussions with students to gather information that we can use to help foster change within our school, community, and government. If you would like to participate in one of our Table Talks, please fill out this very short screening tool and our research team will then contact you to let you know more in which Table Talk you are eligible to participate.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact

Art on the Line

Art on the Line

This popular annual event brings together the local arts community to celebrate the work of our students, faculty, alumni, as well as artists practicing in the community in the spirit of raising funds. The evening is an entertaining art raffle with many more exciting prizes available to be won like over 100 works of art are collected from local artists, faculty, and students. One ticket admits two people to the event, and guarantees winning one work of art from the collection. Even the last ticket drawn has a choice from over 20 works, which creates an atmosphere of suspense and entertainment. Funds raised from this event are distributed amongst the Visual Arts Course Union to financially aid with events such as the 4th year graduate exhibition, visiting artists, and art focused student trips. Each year, 10% of the proceeds go to a local charity. 

When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: UBC Okanagan Fipke Building - 3247 University Way

Cost: $190 (One ticket admits 2 people, guarantees 1 piece of artwork), or $10 can be purchased at the door for guests who want to attend the event, but not purchase a piece of artwork. 

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Heat schedule: upcoming home games

Men's Basketball:

Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg @ 8 p.m.

Jan. 25 vs. Winnipeg @ 6 p.m.

Women's Basketball:

Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg @ 6 p.m.

Jan. 25 vs. Winnipeg @ 4 p.m.

Men's Volleyball

Jan. 31 vs. MacEwan @ 8 p.m.

Feb. 1 vs. MacEwan @ 6 p.m.

Women's Volleyball

Jan. 31 vs. MacEwan @ 6 p.m.

Feb. 1 vs. MacEwan @ 4 p.m.

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