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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.

Jan. 7, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • Winter Term 2 starts: Monday, January 10

More important dates and deadlines


Student Learning Hub: January supports & services

Student Learning Hub: January Supports & Services

The Student Learning Hub is your one-stop shop for free and flexible learning supports and resources! As you start the new term, we invite you to access a range of services that include supplemental learning, help with study skills and learning strategies, and tutoring in math, sciences, languages, and writing.

Starting January 10, the Hub will be open for virtual services Monday-Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Services will be available in the following formats:

  • Learning Strategist support: one-on-one appointments available online
  • Peer Mentor support: available online
  • Subject Tutoring: one-on-one appointments available online
  • Supplemental Learning: sessions and office hours available online
  • Writing & Language consultations: starting January 17, one-on-one appointments available

For full service details, please visit the Student Learning Hub website.

To access support, login to QReserve and reserve a day and time that works for you!

Have a question? Please contact

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Snow tubing and more at Winter O Welcome!

Get connected on campus with Winter O Welcome! With programming spanning January 10 to 29, this event is meant to help students find community, activities, and resources on campus. There will be information sessions for new students and fun activities ­—like Big White Tubing or Speed Friending— for anyone at UBCO to join.

We recognize there is uncertainty regarding COVID-19 and campus activity, and want to assure you that Winter O Welcome programming has been created in compliance with provincial health standards. Some events have been shifted online, while others remain in-person with appropriate protocol in place. Any further updates will be reflected in the affected event description. 

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Rest as Resistance with Tiara Cash, Equitable Mindfulness Practitioner

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at UBCO. This year's theme is "Reclaiming Rage, Nurturing Love". Our first event of SAAM 2022 will be Rest as Resistance on January 11 from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm via Zoom. This event is open to all UBCO students, staff, and faculty who self-identify as Indigenous, Black, or People of Colour.

Come join an hour of rest and rejuvenation as we explore the meaning of doing "nothing". We will be taking time to practice fueling ourselves for stronger solidarity and justice movements. 


You can find a full calendar of SAAM 2022 events on the SVPRO website.


ISI Fund student application workshop session

Do you have an idea for advancing UBC's vision and commitment to become a leading university in advancing Indigenous People's human rights? Would this idea benefit from up to $50,000 to make it happen?

UBC students are eligible to apply for the Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund for projects and initiatives that support the implementation of UBC's 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan. Eligible projects can align with any of the plan's goals and actions.

Please join us virtually on Thursday, January 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm via Zoom for a lunchtime proposal planning session and a chance to win a gift card prize! This is an informal opportunity for students to connect and get some support and guidance with their ISI proposals. 



Save the date: the Life Raft Debate is back!

One of UBCO’s most iconic events, the Life Raft Debate, is happening on January 26. In a post-apocalyptic world, professors from different faculties must persuade the audience that their area of expertise is essential to the survival of humankind.

This heated debate is always a hit. Mark your calendar for January 26 and get ready to cheer on your favourite prof!

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Healing Centered Yoga, Trauma-Informed

In support of Sexual Assault and Awareness Month, Recreation is offering trauma-informed yoga classes designed to create a safe, supportive space. Happening on January 17 and 24 from 5 to 6 pm, these gentle classes will give individuals the chance to release tension and build connections between the mind, body, and soul.

Note: the January 17 session will be held virtually through Zoom. 

Register now to save your spot


Intramural registration opens at 7 am on January 11

No more waiting up until midnight to sign up for intramurals! Season 1 of intramural registration opens Tuesday, January 11 at 7 am PT. Register as an individual or a team for volleyball, basketball, futsal, dodgeball, and curling. Recreational and competitive leagues are available.

Spaces fill quickly, so register early. If you miss out on the first round of registration, don’t worry; season 2 registration opens on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 am.

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Move UBC Grants

Move UBC Grants provide funding of up to $300 for student groups, departments or units who would like to host an event during Move UBC month. If you share our commitment to helping our community move more, move well, move anywhere, and more for the planet, we encourage you to apply for a grant to kick-start your project and make it happen! Move UBC Grant applications are due January 23, 2022.

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Got the January blues?

It can be stressful to get back into the swing of things. Free, anonymous support is available for all UBCO students. Whether you need someone to talk about family, relationships, anxiety, depression, or trauma, help is available.

Connect with a counsellor or life coach anytime, anywhere with the Student Assistance Program. You can choose to connect in a way that works for you, with options including face-to-face, virtually, or via phone. Counsellors with different backgrounds and languages are available.

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