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. 16, 2022

In this issue:

  • Upcoming dates and deadlines
  • Upcoming events
    • Nov. 17: Glow with the Flow Yoga
    • Nov. 18 & 19: Presidents’ Cup volleyball finals and beer garden
    • Nov. 20 & 30: Register for free SpinCo classes 
    • Nov. 21: Theater of Life film screening with snacks
    • Nov. 23: Bachelor of Arts virtual info session
    • Nov. 24: Free cooking classes (mac and cheese!) 
    • Nov. 26: Free F45 training for students
  • SUO winter clothing drive
  • Present your research experience at Showcase
  • Rock climbing lessons
  • Curling lessons
  • Free hot chocolate at Did You Know week
  • Save a life: naloxone training
  • Together in Wellness support and coping skills space
  • Questions about your writing assignment? Get the "write" advice
  • Setting boundaries with family during the holidays: an interactive workshop
  • Help shape the future of transit throughout Rutland

Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • November 18: Last day to drop most Winter Term 1 courses with a W standing
  • December 2: Last day to withdraw from most full-year courses with a W standing
  • December 8: Last day of classes for most faculties
  • December 11: Exams begin for most faculties

More important dates and deadlines


Get your glow on!

Thought you missed out? There's still room to join Glow with the Flow tomorrow!

Take a break from studying and unwind at a glow-in-the-dark yoga party with a live DJ.  Happening from 8-9 pm on November 17 in the Furnace (Gymnasium), this event is a fun way to make memorable uni moments. Plus, it's only $5 to join! 

Doors open at 7:30 pm, so come early to grab glow sticks and glow paint.

Sign me up!


Presidents’ Cup volleyball finals and beer garden

The Presidents’ Cup is an annual competition between UBCO and Thompson Rivers University. The winner is calculated based on the results of each soccer, basketball, and volleyball match between the two teams. Presidents’ Cup trophies will be awarded on Saturday night. So far, the women’s teams are tied and the Heat men's teams are in the lead.

Join us in the Furnace and bring the heat on November 18 and 19 to catch the final action of the season as men’s and women’s volleyball take on the TRU Wolfpack!

On Friday, a beer garden will help kick off the women’s match at 5 pm, followed by the men's game at 7 pm. On Saturday, the women will take to the court at 3 pm and the men’s match will start at 5 pm.

Go Heat!


Register for free SpinCo classes

UBCO Recreation has partnered with SpinCo Kelowna for two free spin classes this November! Register in advance for free classes on November 20 and 30. 

Register now


Theater of Life film screening with snacks

The Food Hub presents Theater of Life, a documentary film that tells the story of how world-renowned chef Massimo Bottura repurposes perfectly good food that would otherwise be wasted into nutritious meals and, in the process, brings together people from all walks of life. 

Happening on Monday, November 21 at 6:30 pm in the SUO Theater (UNC 106). Snacks will be provided!

Save your seat


Bachelor of Arts virtual info session

Looking to learn more about your options when declaring your major in the BA degree program? Attend a virtual info session from 5 to 6 pm on November 23.

Associate Deans will share program and course options as well as BA degree pathways. A student advisor will be available to answer questions about degree requirements and program progression. 

Learn more and register


Free cooking class (mac and cheese!)

Fueling your body with nutritious food can help support better mental health. Let's Thrive by cooking together! The Food Hub is hosting a free virtual cooking class from 6-8 pm on November 24.

Build your confidence in the kitchen and learn new skills, tips, and tricks on how to create a nutritious and budget-friendly meal. On this week's menu is mac and cheese. The ingredients are provided for free; all you have to do is follow along from your own kitchen over Zoom.

Registration is first-come, first-served, in-person at Picnic (first floor of the UNC) between 2-5 pm on November 24. 

Learn more


Free F45 training for students

UBCO Recreation has partnered with F45 Kelowna to offer a free F45 training session on November 26. Free with pre-registration. Sign up early to secure your spot!

Secure your spot


SUO winter clothing drive

Do you have any jackets, vests, or other warm clothing that you don't use or need anymore? Bring them to one of the SUO Winter Clothing Drive bins on campus during the month of November to help keep your fellow students warm this winter.

Learn more


Present your research experience at Showcase

Have you been involved in research as an undergraduate student? Share your research experience and refine your presentation skills at UBC Okanagan's Undergraduate Research Showcase. Applications are open until November 25. Showcase will take place in the Sawchuk Family Theatre (SFT) on January 25 and 26.

Learn more and apply here


Rock climbing lessons

Learn to climb with this four-week rock climbing program at Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym. Classes include full rentals and instruction from certified climbing instructors.

Register now


Curling lessons

Join UBCO in partnership with Kelowna Curling Club in this three-week program of curling lessons. Get on the ice this November and try something new!

Register now


Free hot chocolate at Did You Know week

From November 22 to 25, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) is hosting Did You Know week to help educate the campus community about their rights under UBCO's Sexual Misconduct (SC17) policy. Each day will focus on a different area of the policy.

Come visit the hot chocolate table from 11 am to 1 pm in the Sawchuck Family Theatre next to the library each day and ask your questions about the policy, SVPRO, and sexualized violence. If you attend all four days, you are eligible to enter your name into a draw for prizes from local businesses.

Stay tuned


Save a life: naloxone training

The Harm Reduction Team (HaRT) offers drop-in naloxone training every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Wellness Hub (Nechako 251). Training takes only 10-15 minutes and you can drop by anytime. If you have an expired kit, bring it to us and we can swap out the expired parts. 

Learn more about HaRT


Together in Wellness support and coping skills space

Together in Wellness is a gender-inclusive support and coping skills space for UBCO students who have experienced or have been exposed to interpersonal violence. Running weekly for six weeks starting January 17, advance registration is required. A link or location will be provided to students before the first session.

Register now


Questions about your writing assignment? Get the "write" advice

Are research papers, lab reports, essays, essay exams, or other writing assignments stressing you out? Support and snacks can help make things a little easier. Find the pop-up Student Learning Hub tables to grab some candy and learn how you can succeed in your writing assignments. Check the details below to see full dates and locations.

  • November 16: 11 am to 4 pm in the UNC
  • November 17: 11 am to 4 pm in the Fipke Foyer
  • November 18: 11 am to 4 pm in the UNC

Learn more


Setting boundaries with family during the holidays: an interactive workshop with treats

Does seeing family during the holidays make you feel nervous or sad? These are normal feelings for many of us. During the holidays we can feel pressured to hide our identities and personalities to please others or participate in events that we don't enjoy. 

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office will host an interactive workshop on December 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm on exploring healthy boundaries. Even if you have a strong relationship with your family, we can all benefit from healthier boundaries. We will discuss strategies for communicating our boundaries and how to respond when our boundaries are not respected. There will be hot chocolate and cookies for participants.

Register here



Help shape the future of transit throughout Rutland

BC Transit and the City of Kelowna are seeking public feedback on transit service and infrastructure priorities serving the Rutland area and beyond. Feedback gathered through this survey will help BC Transit and the City of Kelowna determine priorities for future service changes and infrastructure improvements in the Kelowna Regional Transit System.

Learn more and provide feedback


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