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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.

Sept. 21, 2022

In this issue:

  • Upcoming dates and deadlines
  • Get involved
  • Upcoming events
    • Sept. 23 to 24: UBCO Homecoming
    • Sept. 23, 24, and 25: Women’s softball at High Noon Park
    • Sept. 24: Prep for midterms and enter to win a tablet
    • Sept. 24 and 25: Cheer on the Heat at Nonis Field
    • Sept. 24 to Oct. 29: UBCycles road ride series
    • Sept. 25 and Oct. 2: Fall hiking series
    • Sept. 28 to Oct. 19: Airhouse x UBCO Recreation
    • Sept. 28: Get to know your candidates for Kelowna mayor
    • Oct. 3: Join us at the Workday Student virtual town hall
    • Until Oct. 7: Visit the educational exhibit on Indian Day Schools in Canada
    • Oct. 14 – Find your nerve to lead
  • Career events on campus
  • Looking for spaces to hang out on campus? Explore the collegia
  • Want to study abroad? Learn how with Go Global 
  • Looking for a roommate? Need housing?
  • Interested in getting involved with research, but don’t know where to start?
  • Graduation. Job offer. Not necessarily in that order.
  • UBCycles services
  • 4 tips for lower-risk partying
  • It takes two to tandem!
  • Attend the Heat Homecoming game and enter to win a $100 gift card to the UBC Bookstore from @ubcostudents

Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • September 23 to 24: UBCO Homecoming
  • September 26: Last day to drop most full-year courses without a W standing
  • September 30: University closed for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

More important dates and deadlines


UBCO Homecoming

Join us for Think Forward at UBCO Homecoming - the University's premier celebration of school spirit for students, alumni, and the campus community.

Some of our events throughout the weekend include:

Friday, September 23

  • SUO Fall Carnival from 12 to 4 pm
  • UBCO Heat Soccer Double Header at 5 and 7:15 pm

Saturday, September 24

  • Think Forward at UBC Homecoming from 11 to 12 pm
  • UBC Open Day featuring live music, games, alumni showcase, and more from 12 to 3 pm
  • UBCO Heat Soccer Game at 3:30 pm

And so much more! Learn everything you need to know about Homecoming 2022 through the link below.

View the full list of activities


Women’s softball at High Noon Park

Come cheer on the Heat women's softball team at High Noon Park as they play against the Victoria Vikes and the Calgary Dinos!

September 23, 24, and 25 vs. the Victoria Vikes 
September 24 and 25 vs. the Calgary Dinos

Follow the link below for game times and details. We can’t wait to see you at High Noon Park in Kelowna!

Learn more


Prep for midterms and enter to win a tablet

Peers and pros from the Student Learning Hub have put together a series of online and in-person sessions to help you prepare for mid-terms.

Exam Jam is an all-day event aimed to help you de-stress, manage your time, develop productive study habits, and learn course content. Once enrolled, you will be able to pick and choose from a variety of sessions.

If you want to avoid stress, stay focused, and get energized for your mid-terms, register and join us on Saturday, September 24! Attend one, two, three, or all of our sessions—it’s up to you.

Participants who attend at least 3 sessions and get 3 official Student Learning Hub stamps can enter to win an Amazon Fire Tablet. Ask your session facilitator for details.

Register now


Cheer on the Heat at Nonis Field

Grab your Heat gear, bring your friends, and come out to Nonis Field to cheer on the UBCO Heat Men’s Rugby team! UBCO will be playing against the Calgary Dinos on Saturday, September 24 and the Mount Royal Cougars on Sunday, September 25. See you there. GO HEAT!

Learn more


UBCycles road ride series

Join UBCycles in a 5-week, 50km road ride series! These rides will all start and end in the gymnasium parking lot (M Lot).

Register now


Fall hiking series

Join the Move U Crew and the UBCO Exercise is Medicine Club for 4 hikes this fall in Kelowna! This is a great opportunity for you to enjoy the outdoors, make friends, and fit more movement into your day. We are offering a different hike each week at some of Kelowna's most scenic locations.

Register now


Airhouse x UBCO Recreation

UBCO Recreation has partnered with the Airhouse Sports Academy to offer an Airhouse program for students and staff. Join us Wednesday nights for a lesson and free play in the park during this four-week program.

Register now


Find your nerve to lead

What does it take to answer the call to lead? And why are some women reluctant to answer the call? On October 14, find out from two of Canada’s most accomplished leaders, Drs. Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera, as they share their candid and insightful accounts that shaped their illustrious careers. The conversation is co-led by UBC Okanagan Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Lesley Cormack, and recent Bachelor of Arts graduate Prapti Mallhi, with a reception and networking to follow. Registration is free!

Register now


Get to know your candidates for Kelowna mayor

Candidates vying to be mayor of Kelowna will be centre stage at Okanagan College at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 28. They will speak about issues that concern university and college students including the cost of living, transportation, and inclusivity. Everyone is invited to hear from the candidates. Admission is free but registration is encouraged. A live stream of the event will also be available.

Register for free


Visit the educational exhibit on
Indian Day Schools in Canada

Over 200,000 Indigenous children attended 669 federally-operated institutions established and funded by the Canadian Government called Indian Day Schools, yet little is known about this important piece of Canadian history. Indigenous Programs & Services and UBC Okanagan Library have worked together to present the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s Indian Day Schools in Canada Educational Exhibition.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation exhibit uses archival photographs and documents to tell the story of Indian Day Schools in Canada. All students are welcome to visit the exhibit and learn the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential and Day School systems.

The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours from now until October 7 in LIB 106B on the main floor of the UBC Okanagan Library.

Learn more


Join us at the Workday Student virtual town hall

Learn more about UBC’s mission to launch Workday Student, a renewed student information system. This system will be used for tasks such as curriculum management, student records and registration, and financial aid management.

On October 3, there will be a virtual town hall dedicated to this topic where you can:

  • Hear from University leadership about the future of UBC, and get answers to your questions
  • Learn when UBC will move to the new student information system and how you will be supported
  • Get to know more about the current solutions and where you can learn more about the changes coming

Learn more


Career events on campus

The Career Development Team has lots of exciting in-person and virtual events coming up!

Looking to connect with employers? Check out the Career Connections series every Wednesday and meet with employers to ask all of your questions.

Attend a workshop series:

Looking for peer support? Career Peer Mentors are available for in-person drop-in appointments in UNC 207. They can help you with starting or updating your resume as well as cover letters and job search tips.

Browse events and register


Looking for spaces to hang out on campus? Explore the collegia

UBCO’s collegia spaces are designated spots for commuter students to hang out, study, work on group projects, or recharge. Each collegium is furnished in a relaxing, lounge-style atmosphere with sofas, a fireplace, board games, and study space. Find your community by visiting a collegium during your next break.

View the collegia spaces


Want to study abroad? Learn how with Go Global

Want to study in France, Australia, Germany, or one of 78 other countries?  Interested in learning how to incorporate an exchange or international learning experience into your degree? Go Global is hosting Q&A sessions in September and October to answer all of your questions.

Register for a Q&A


Looking for a roommate? Need housing?

UBCO is working with Places4Students to provide students with a centralized source of housing options. Browse the listings to find accommodations, seek out roommates, or sublet your property.

Check it out!

Contact your Off-Campus Housing Ambassador for support


Interested in getting involved with research, but don’t know where to start?

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are here to help. Connect with students who have experience doing research as part of their undergraduate studies. They can help you find resources and information about a variety of research opportunities offered at UBCO and provide guidance on how to get started.

Connect with an Undergraduate Research Ambassador by email at or attend a drop-in session at UNC 207.

Check out the webpage for drop-in times and resources, or visit the pop-up booth on the library's main floor on Thursday, September 29 from 9 to 11 am to meet your Undergraduate Research Ambassadors.

Learn more


Graduation. Job offer. Not necessarily in that order.

The Interdisciplinary Co-op Program offers students enriched educational experiences for personal and professional growth. The Program partners with employers to offer work opportunities that will help you excel in both academic and professional capacities, and prepare you for your future career. Co-op work experiences are paid opportunities for you to gain employable skills, explore career options, and build a professional network—all before graduation.

Students entering their third year of studies with an academic average of 70% or higher, and enrolled in Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, Human Kinetics, Management, Media Studies, or Science, are eligible. We encourage applicants with GPAs below 70% to still apply, as applications are assessed on multiple factors.

Have questions? Attend the final Co-op Info Session on Thursday, September 22 from 9 to 10 am.

Applications close September 30.

Learn more and get started


UBCycles services

Fall is here and UBCycles has got you covered for all of your riding essentials. Tune-ups, storage lockers, bike rentals, and more, are all right here on campus!

Learn more


4 tips for lower-risk partying

  1. Pace Yourself! This applies to substance use of any kind. We like the phrase "start low and go slow". It’s also important to ensure you are drinking water and have eaten enough food that day!
  2. Avoid mixing substances. Mixing substances can be dangerous and can cause increased impairment and negative side- effects. Try sticking to one substance at a time.
  3. Get your drugs checked! So that you know what you are taking and can reduce your risk of drug poisoning.
  4. Naloxone: Get Trained! Naloxone can help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Training is drop-in and takes 10 to 15 minutes!

The UBCO Harm Reduction Team is student-run and provides a variety of services, including free and confidential drug checking and naloxone training.

Learn more


It takes two to tandem!

Want to improve your Chinese? Your English? Your Hindi? Your Italian? Your…?

The Tandem Program pairs you with someone at UBC who speaks this language and who wants to improve in a language that you speak. In other words, you help each other. You spend half the time in each language. No teaching experience is required! Activities and support are provided by volunteer facilitators and Tandem coordinators.

The program will run from September 26 to December 2 and matched partners meet virtually or in person once a week for a total of 9 weeks. The Tandem Program is free!

Learn more and register


Attend the Heat Homecoming game and enter to win a $100 gift card to the UBC Bookstore from @ubcostudents

Want to enter to win a $100 gift card to the UBC Bookstore? Check out our giveaway post on Instagram and tag a friend to come to cheer on the Heat with you this weekend. Don't have someone to go with yet? Comment "Solo Yolo!" and see if you can find a friend to go with. 🤝

Learn more & enter the giveaway

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