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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.

Oct 6, 2020

In this issue:

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Feeling stressed or overwhelmed?

Learn and connect outside the classroom

Get active with UBC Recreation

News, updates and events


Upcoming dates and deadlines

Nov 13: Last day to drop your course with a W standing

This is the final day you can drop a course in the SSC. However, you will have to pay up to 100% of the course fees and you'll receive a permanent "W" on your academic record for that course.

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

Refer to the Academic Calendar for all upcoming dates and deadlines.

Dates and deadlines


A statement on racism and discrimination from DVC Lesley Cormack

As we continue to navigate this academic year, I want to emphasize the special nature of your relationship with UBC. You are part of an extraordinary community – at UBC we share a commitment to build environments that uphold human rights, free of harassment and discrimination and that reflect the university’s core values of equity and inclusivity.

We have been made aware of comments and chat messages taking place during UBCO online events that are absolutely unacceptable. We take this matter extremely seriously.

Racism and discrimination have no place in our community and we will take measures to ensure those values are upheld at all times. Not only are racist, sexist, misogynist and hate-based comments potentially unlawful, they may also contravene UBC’s Discrimination Policy and Student Code of Conduct and can result in discipline for non-academic misconduct.

Read the full statement


New students: don't forget to apply for your digital UBCcard

Have you applied for your UBCcard yet? Your UBCcard is your student ID — and proof of identity for exams, among other things! 

If you’re a new student, you need to apply for your card. If you already have a physical UBCcard, you can find the digital version of your card online.

Get your digital UBCcard

Student Assistance Program

Feeling stressed or overwhelmed?

UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides free, 24/7 personal counselling and life coaching for all UBC students. Services are available by phone, video, face to face (where available), e-counselling and in multiple languages.

Students can access the service for free by phone, online, or by downloading the iConnectYou mobile app.

Learn more

5 peer mentor tips

5 Peer Mentor approved tips to manage virtual classes (and still have a life)

If you're experiencing new challenges or feeling overwhelmed in the online learning environment — you're not alone!

We asked the Peer Mentors — our upper-year campus experts — for their top tips for addressing some of the most common challenges students are finding with the online learning environment, including:

  • Making friends in an online environment
  • Managing email and Canvas notification overload
  • Learning all the new apps and technologies
  • How to prioritize your assignments
  • How and when to get help with course work 

Read the tips here!

Student learning hub

Get free support for all your online learning needs at the Student Learning Hub

Online learning can be challenging, whether you are new to UBCO or a returning student. But don’t worry—the Student Learning Hub is available to provide you with safe, accessible, flexible, and free learning support, all online.

  • Need help with a concept you’re learning?
  • Technical trouble affecting your online learning?
  • Feeling overwhelmed and need help managing your learning?

We’ve got you covered! The Student Learning Hub is your one-stop-shop for all undergraduate learning resources. We offer a wide range of learning supports including online technology support, supplemental learning, tutoring in math, science, languages, and writing, as well as help with study skills and strategies for learning in an online environment.

Don’t wait! Check us out and visit us early and often to build the skills, strategies, and behaviors that are essential to become a confident and independent online learner.

Learn more

virtual study space

Book an appointment with an online learning coach

OLCs are here to provide personalized online learning support to help you adapt to the requirements and demands of learning online and connect you with the tools and strategies you need to succeed — whether you’re looking for help getting the most out of your online courses, developing your study skills, or assistance finding a particular learning resource or support.

Connect with an OLC by booking an appointment or dropping in at a time that works with your schedule. You can also select to meet with an OLC specific to your area of study.

Learn more

Login to learning

Login to learning digital drop-in sessions

Brought to you by the Student Learning Hub and the UBC Okanagan Library, these casual drop-in sessions are your chance to research a topic, write a thesis statement, develop academic writing skills, and cite sources. Connect with peers and professionals who are looking forward to hearing your ideas and questions and sharing useful tips.

Register now

View more upcoming events and workshops at the Hub:

Events and workshops


Write with us at the Online Writing Communities

Bring a writing project you’re working on and connect online with other members of the UBCO community as we write together. The Centre for Scholarly Communication will facilitate short opening and closing discussions and plenty of writing time in the style of the Pomodoro technique to help with deep work. These sessions are suitable for undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty.

Available weekly:
Mondays 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuesdays 1 – 3 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 – 11 a.m.

Register here



Find your way to fairness. We can help.

The Ombuds Office is an independent, impartial and confidential resource to ensure that students at UBC are treated fairly in all aspects of university life. That means that we are not influenced by the university, we don’t take sides, and what you tell us stays with us (unless you say otherwise). We provide a place to discuss your concern and offer unbiased advice and guidance. We help you navigate systems that can be complicated and can support you as you find a constructive way to move forward.

Learn more

Student in an interview

Explore your career options

Curious about how to get a head start on exploring your career options while making the most of your time at UBC? Take a moment to peruse the UBC Okanagan Student and Alumni Job Board to review event announcements and on- and off-campus job and volunteer postings.

Discover more about yourself and what the future may hold through upcoming events including, Year 3 and 4 career planning, virtual job search strategies, and more!

Upcoming career events and workshops


career connections

Career connections

Curious about your career options? Join us most Thursdays for an informal, low-pressure conversation with a prospective employer.

Learn more

Upcoming employers:

Meet the interns: Google, Microsoft & Ubisoft
October 8 at 6 p.m. (PT)
Register here

Interested in interning at a large tech company? Hear from fellow students with first-hand internship experience at Google, Microsoft and Ubisoft. Learn how to land your dream job by attending this Career Connections session, Co-hosted by Career Services, Girls in Tech and the Computer Science Course Union.

Programs of interest:

  • Engineering
  • Computer Science

Positions include:

  • Internships

British Columbia Dragoons
October 15 at 9 a.m. (PT)
Register here

The British Columbia Dragoons are located in the Okanagan as part of the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserves, employing a variety of people in part-time positions of military service.

Programs of interest:

  • All programs

Positions include:

  • Armoured officers
  • Other officers
  • Armoured crewmen


More upcoming employers

Go global

Want to study in Scotland, the Netherlands, Mexico, or one of 77 other countries next year? 

Are you interested in finding out more about how to incorporate an exchange or international learning experience into your degree? Go Global has a video series available, Go Global 101, and will be hosting Q&A sessions (including a weekly one from 7 – 8 p.m. PT) throughout October and November to answer your questions as they come up! Check out Go Global 101 on YouTube and sign up for a Q&A session.

Learn more and register

We also have an exciting new series from our returned students – the Ambassador’s Desk. Hear what our Ambassadors have to say about their time abroad on YouTube.

Healthy masculinities

It's time to re-define manhood

Be a part of the conversation.

Join a group of masculine-identified people talking about issues that matter: social expectations, mental health, suicide, dating, consent and sex.

Occurs online every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. (PT) starting October 20, 2020 for seven weeks.

Supported by the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (SVPRO)
and Health & Wellness.

Learn more

To register for the Healthy Masculinities group, please contact

Student doing virtual yoga

Get active with UBC Recreation’s free virtual activities and resources

Have fun and enjoy being physically active while participating in free low barrier activities suitable for all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels.

Get active!

Student doing yoga

Expanded free virtual fitness classes

While we adjust to new routines due to physical distancing measures, it is important to stay active for your physical and mental health. We are offering free virtual classes to provide a convenient way to move your body and revitalize your spirit while working and studying from home.

Expanded virtual fitness classes include:

Bootcamp series with Nikki
October 8 – November 12, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (PT)

Kickboxing series with Mikael
October 29 – December 3, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (PT)

View virtual class schedule

Student working out

Lunch & Lift workshop series

Lunch & Lift is a series of free 2-in-1 interactive wellbeing workshops consisting of a 30-minute movement class, followed by a 30-minute interactive wellbeing session facilitated by a UBC wellbeing professional. Different fitness classes and wellbeing professionals will be showcased each month. All registered participants in attendance at each session will be entered in a draw to WIN prizes each month.

October 21, 12 p.m. -1 p.m. 
November 18, 12 p.m. -1 p.m.

Location: Zoom. A unique Zoom link will be sent out by email a few days before the event to all registered participants.

What to Bring: All you need is a water bottle and don’t forget to wear your comfortable active wear! No other equipment is required; however, you may want to have a yoga mat or towel to work on for the fitness portion.

No fitness or nutrition experience is required to attend. This session will be applicable for all levels of ability/knowledge.

Learn more

UBCycles staff


UBCycles is a hub for all biking activities on UBC’s Okanagan campus. UBCycles offers short-term and long-term rentals, workshops for a variety of skill levels, and tools for bike repairs. UBCycles is open for bike rentals and maintenance by appointment.

Learn more

Squash racquet and ball

Learn to play squash

Learn this game in a minute, master it over a lifetime.

A professional coach will guide you through the ‘need to knows’ and introduce you to others taking up the sport through this 6-week program through weekly 60-minute sessions. Sessions include instruction, drills and different play formats.

Your registration includes: 1 hour lesson each week with certified squash coach, equipment rentals, 6 week membership to Global Fitness and a Squash BC Recreational Membership

Thursday Nights, October 22 to December 3

Group 1 Session: 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Group 2 Session: 8 – 9 p.m.
limit of 6 participants per session

Registration Fee: $40

Location: Global Fitness & Racquet Centre, 1574 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC

Register online

Student rock climbing

Introduction to rock climbing
(extended due to popularity)

Learn to climb with 4 fun-filled nights at Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym. Each lesson will be 1.5 hour sessions.

The class includes rental equipment and instruction by certified climbing instructors. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the climbing gym.

Thursdays from October 19 – November 9
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $35 per lesson

Location: Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym – 658 Finns Road #5, Kelowna, BC

Register online

SVPRO - we believe you

Important updates to Policy SC17
(Sexual Misconduct and Sexualized Violence Policy)

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) is would like you to know about some important updates to the Sexual Misconduct and Sexualized Violence Policy (Policy SC17).

This policy matters. As students, you will encounter many situations: a roommate might share that they are in an emotionally abusive relationship; you might witness online sexual harassment in your class; another student in your lab might want to make a report; a friend might disclose a prohibited relationship with their instructor; or you might have been personally affected by sexualized violence and want to know your options.

It is up to all of us to learn and actively engage in our communities to respond to such situations, create a culture of consent, and take action against sexualized violence.

Read the updated Policy SC17


Learn more about this policy, definitions, available resources, and how to support a survivor:

Learn more at SVPRO

I voted sticker

Voting in the 2020 BC Provincial Election

British Columbians will elect a new provincial government on Saturday, October 24, 2020. While this is the official Election Day, there are options to vote by mail or during advance voting days.

Every eligible member of the UBC community is encouraged to take part in the provincial election.

Learn more


Colour outside the lines: Compassion in the 21st Century

Presenter: Shane Sinclair, PhD
Associate Professor; Cancer Care Research Professor
Director, Compassion Research Lab; Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary,

Colour outside the lines is an opportunity for a collective unlearning of what we have come to know about compassion by providing an overview of patient informed research conducted within the Compassion Research Lab in order to determine what compassion is, what it isn’t, how it can be measured and how one of the oldest ways of caring can be revitalized into the 21st century.

When: Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 10 – 11:00 a.m. PT
Where: Via Zoom webinar. Registration is required.

Register here


If you do edibles, do anything but drive

Cannabis edibles have been legal in Canada since last fall. Did you know that when you consume an edible it can take 0.5 hrs to 2hrs to feel the effects and can take up to 4 hrs to feel the full impact? Additionally, cannabis edibles can stay in your system for up to 12 hrs.

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