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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.

April 21, 2021

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

April 16 – 29: Exam period

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

UBC wants to hire you.

Build your resume with a stellar student job.

On-campus work experience is a great way to build your skills and strengthen your resume. UBCO is searching for bright, talented students who are ready to make a difference on campus. There are hundreds of paid and volunteer opportunities now available on the Student Job Board. Some positions include:

  • Peer Mentors
  • Orientation Leader
  • Math, Science, Writing, and Language Tutors
  • Supplemental Learning Leader

Positions will be live until May 15, or unless otherwise noted. Click below to browse the available positions.

View jobs

How to get vaccinated for COVID-19

Are you residing in BC?
Register for your COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine registration is open for people who are eligible. Everyone 18 and older in BC, regardless of citizenship, is eligible to get vaccinated – even if you don’t have a Personal Health Number or other documentation. You will be eligible to register for your vaccine by April 23rd at the latest.

Register when it's your turn. It's easy and safe. Spread the word and help your friends and family complete their registration, book an appointment and get the vaccine.

There is no clear timeline for when you will receive your vaccine, but registering will ensure you are contacted when the time comes for your vaccine to be administered!

For more information on the registration process, visit the BC Government’s How to get vaccinated for COVID-19 page.

Learn more

New FAQs

Questions about returning to campus?
New FAQs now available

A number of new questions and responses have been posted to frequently asked questions about UBC's plans for increased on-campus activity in September. Some of the new questions include:

  • Is UBC planning a return to in-person classes for the 2021/22 Winter Session?
  • Will student residences be open?
  • Should I plan to move to Vancouver or Kelowna this fall?
  • Will I be expected to have had the vaccine in order to study on campus?
  • Will student study spaces be available in September?

We'll continue to send you updates as new information becomes available, so remember to check your email regularly over the coming weeks and months for important program-specific information from your faculty and to learn more about what to expect in September.

Read the FAQs

You can also follow us @ubcostudents on Instagram for updates throughout the summer.

Physical Activity Mentorship Program has mental and physical health benefits

Join the Physical Activity Mentorship Program

Register now for the Physical Activity Mentorship Program. This is an 8-week physical activity program partnered through UBCO Recreation, UBC Health and Wellness, and UBCO School of Health and Exercise Sciences. Each student will be paired with a physical activity mentor, who will lead weekly group exercise and educational sessions. Students will also be encouraged to complete exercise outside of the group sessions. Mentors will help students create an individualized physical activity plan that will help them adhere to physical activity in order to move towards achieving their goals.

To learn more and register, contact Health & Wellness.

Where are all the Black People? Underrepresentation in the Academy

Upcoming webinar: Black Underrepresentation in Medicine and Community Health

The next webinar in the series Where are all the Black People? Underrepresentation in the Academy features Dr. Alexandra Bastiany, Cardiologist, Thunder Bay Regional Health Centre and Dr. Mojola Omole Surgical Oncologist, Physician, Peterborough Regional Health Centre who will share their experience and expertise as they discuss the issues of black underrepresentation in medicine and community health.

Learn more on April 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PDT

Register online

Sandwiches at Food Services

Join the UBC Okanagan Meal Share Program’s advisory committee to reduce food insecurity

For some students, a lack of access to nutritious food adds an additional layer of worry and challenge to their lives. Approximately 40 per cent of students at Canadian colleges and universities experience some degree of food insecurity—four times higher than the general Canadian population. This can have significant impacts on students' wellbeing and academic success.

The UBC Okanagan Meal Share Program will provide students who are food insecure with funds to purchase food at eligible outlets on the UBC Okanagan campus. 

Interested? Join an advisory group to inform the UBC Okanagan Meal Share Program.

Join the advisory committee

Rendering of the Interdisciplinary Collaboration Innovation building

Share your thoughts on the Interdisciplinary Collaboration Innovation (ICI) building

UBC is developing a new four-storey, 13,564 m2 (146,000 sq. ft.) interdisciplinary academic facility located on Alumni Avenue south of the Engineering Management and Education (EME) building. The building will contain teaching, research, office, and community and engagement space, including 100-seat and 200-seat lecture theatres.

You are invited to share your feedback on the proposed new academic building from April 28–May 11, 2021 (due to COVID-19, public consultation at UBC is currently taking place online).

Provide feedback

Student running

Upcoming Rec Events

Recreation is here for you.

Recreation is offering a wide array of programs and events for our staff and faculty. Compete in a Badminton Ladder, shoot hoops through our Register and Play program, paint wood signs to decorate your home, or get outside with cross country and snow shoe events. There's something for everyone!

Learn more

Virtual Run with Rec April 19-25

Spring is a great time to lace up you runners and get outside for the first Run with Rec of the season! You choose your distance of 3, 5, or 10 kilometres. Simply choose your own starting line, and whether its inside on a treadmill or outside in your neighbourhood. You can complete this run in multiple parts or all at once. All finishers receive a Run with Rec completion certificate! Challenge your friends and register today.

Register now

Run with Rachel 5 km training

Ever want to complete your first 5 kilometre run but not sure where to get started? UBCO Recreation is excited to offer the Run with Rachel 5 km training program starting on May 4. Join Rachel Garrett, an alumna of the UBCO Heat Cross Country team, in a 4-week training program to get you safely ready to complete your first 5 km race. You will have an opportunity to complete your first 5 km run in our second Virtual Run with Rec of the season, during the week of May 30–June 5, 2021.

Register now

Golf lessons at the Okanagan Golf Club

UBCO Recreation is excited to partner with the Okanagan Golf Club and offer golf lessons. It’s a great time to get your swing in check as the start of the golf season is right around the corner. Join us for four 1-hour sessions throughout the summer. Group lessons are a great way to learn all aspects of the game with your friends in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Lessons are Monday nights from 6 p.m.–7 p.m. PDT.

Register now

Spring bike tune ups with UBCycles

Whether you’ve been riding throughout the winter or are pulling your bike out of storage, completing a spring tune up is essential to the longevity of your bike’s life. Having proactive maintenance completed will make your ride more enjoyable, and save you money and hassle in the long run. UBCycles spring tune up will get you riding on the trails and in the sunshine in no time!

Book your appointment

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