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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.

Mar 4, 2020

In this issue:

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Festival of Ideas

March 5: Introducing the Festival of Ideas

A year-long line-up of events has been curated to inspire ideas and catalyze conversation, in celebration of the campus' 15th anniversary. Join the inaugural event on March 5, a solution-focused panel discussion on Igniting greater civic engagement in our community and province, with the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and three speakers. 

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Rock your LinkedIn profile

Rock your LinkedIn profile

Are you getting the most out of your LinkedIn profile? Whether you're just starting out with LinkedIn or you've been using the platform for years, learn how you can most effectively use this tool to support your career goals. 

Mon, March 9: 3 - 5 p.m. in LIB 106

Fri, March 20: 1 - 3 p.m. in LIB 106

Wed, April 1: 3 - 5 p.m. in LIB 106

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Student Learning Hub

Improve your writing - one workshop at a time!

The Student Learning Hub has three upcoming writing workshops to help undergraduate students master the art of essay writing. 

Using Sources Correctly in Academic Writing
March 4, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in LIB 237

Worried 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! No signup required.

Proofreading Pro-tips
March 5, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in LIB 237 
In this workshop, you will learn how to edit your paper before handing it in. We will cover how to catch your own errors and look for grammatical mistakes. This workshop is intended for undergraduate students. Any questions about writing are welcome! No signup required.

MLA Basics
March 12, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in LIB 237

Are you confused about MLA style citations? This workshop will help you learn the fundamental skills to put correct citations together. All undergraduate students with any questions about MLA style are welcome! No signup required.

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Film Festival

5th Annual Student Okanagan Film Festival call for submissions

The Department of Creative Studies invites emerging student filmmakers enrolled in any school across the Okanagan to submit short films to the SOFF.

Deadline: April 15

Eligibility: Filmmakers must be a registered student in the Okanagan and the work completed in 2019-20.

The film screening will take place on Thursday, April 30 at the Innovation Theatre, 460 Doyle Ave, Kelowna.

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The Graduation Ball

Graduating? You're invited to the Graduation Ball

This year, it is all about you. You as your best self, as the rest of the world watches and cheers you on. If you are ready, don your best glamorous look and prepare for a red carpet experience you will not soon forget. Open to all graduating students from all faculties. Tickets on sale now. 

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Climate Emergency Engagement

UBC Climate Emergency Engagement - share your voice

The climate emergency is one of the most pressing issues of our time. At this pivotal moment, the decisions and actions we take today will reverberate beyond our own borders and lifetimes. We need your help in shaping UBC’s climate emergency response. Share your ideas, candid and constructive feedback, and engage in lively and respectful conversations. You don’t need to be an expert; we all have a place in caring about our future. The engagement process runs until March 27, 2020.

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Indigenous Strategic Plan

UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan open house March 9

UBC is in the final stage of developing an Indigenous Strategic Plan, which will guide the University’s Indigenous engagement initiatives for years to come. As a follow-up to activities that took place at UBC Okanagan in January, you are invited to drop in any time to an open house on Monday, March 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the University Centre Ballroom (UNC 200).The open house is for everyone — whether you participated in the first round or not — to review what was heard and the actions we want to take together as the plan is implemented.

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We Can Tech

March 14: We CAN Tech

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
EME Building

Join us to celebrate women in technology!

We CAN Tech is a regional celebration that brings women, minorities in technology, and allies together in ways that support their participation in computing.

This event provides a venue for future computing professionals to gain confidence in their skills, network and learn from accomplished women working in tech.

All are welcome to attend!

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Bach's Playlist

Need a break from studying? Classical music is good for your mental health! 

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal with Guest Conductor Ivars Taurins 

March 31, 7 - 9:30 p.m., UBCO Ballroom (UNC 200)

Renowned baroque specialist Ivars Taurins (of Tafelmusik fame) leads the OSO in rehearsal as it prepares for its eclectic program that celebrates the music of this historic era. You will hear music from Bach's own fascinating library of scores — his own works as well as those by his contemporaries that he would have performed.

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Golden Apple Award

Golden Apple Award - only four days left to submit your nominations! 

There are just a few days left to get your nominations in! Do you have an instructor that supports student wellbeing? We want to know about it.

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 8, 2020.

The Golden Apple Awards Ceremony is being held March 30 – see you there!

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International Women's Day

Celebrate International Women's Day at UBCO!

Join us for two days of on-campus festivities:

Monday, March 9 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in FIP 139

Celebrations kick off with the launch of the second issue of the Gender and Women’s Studies undergraduate journal, That’s What [WE] Said, followed by a talk and workshop from Hannah McGregor, Assistant Professorin Publishing at Simon Fraser University: So You Want to Make a Podcast?

Tuesday, March 10 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in ART 219

Join us as we interview Vancouver stand-up comics Maddy Kelly and Danika Thibault. Watch them perform at the Well at 4 p.m. 

All events are free to attend and open to all - no registration is required! 

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Art Hive

Need a creative break?

De-stress and enjoy free, open art-making in the lounge at UNC 337. No art experience necessary! 

Drop-in hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12-3 p.m.

IPS Events

Upcoming IPS Events

Alumni Panel
March 4, 2020, 5 p.m. in SCI 377

Hear from former UBC students who have successfully entered the Canadian job market. See how they launched into the job market and landed their first post-UBC job. Ask questions and get real-world tips for getting hired and inspired.

Beat the Midterm Blues - Free Pizza During Midterm Season
March 13, 2020, 12 p.m. in UNC 227

Visit International Programs & Services (UNC 227) for free pizza to de-stress and re-energize during the stressful midterm season. 

Resume Skills - Cross-Cultural Communication
Mar. 18, 2020, 4:30 p.m. n UNC 334 

Does your resume reflect intercultural communication skills? Do you know why these skills are vital for your success? Did you know that employers seek candidates who have intercultural/cross-cultural communication skills? 

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Spring Festival of the Arts

FCCS Spring Festival of the Arts

FCCS’s spring festival of the arts (March 1 – May 1), brings a myriad of events to the UBC O campus and to the city of Kelowna. Many events are free and all are open to the public.

The spring festival of the arts covers the spectrum of artistic endeavors by students and faculty members including guest performances and student work in original stage plays, urban dance, and ballet, and exhibitions of creative writing, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, short films, and public arts.

Upcoming Events:

Sat. March 7 @ CCS from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Creative Days Workshop - Drawing With Patrick Lundeen: Fun, hands-on workshops for all ages in our community. 

Mon. March 9 @ UNC 106, 2 p.m. Visiting Artist Series - Krista Belle Stewart: Krista Belle Stewart is an artist and member of the Syilx Nation, and will talk about her studio art practice. 

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