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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.

Nov 4, 2020

In this issue:

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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

Opioid Dialogue

Talk about substance use, win $25 gift card!

A recent study shows that young adults have been consuming more alcohol to cope with feelings of stress as a result of COVID-19. This intersection of COVID-19 and substance use is concerning and has deadly consequences, as shown by the skyrocketing overdose deaths in BC. Because of these concerns, Campus Health is hosting dialogues for students, staff, and faculty to voice their opinion and concerns, raise questions, and share how they would like to see UBCO respond to this community crisis. Anyone who attends will be entered to win a $25 gift card of their choosing!

All sessions will be held over Zoom with the option to participate anonymously. Join us:

  • Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. PT
  • Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. PT

To join, just enroll in the Wellness Centre: Online, go to ‘Modules’ and scroll down to ‘Substance Use’ where you’ll see a link for the ‘November 2020 Opioid Dialogues’. Check out our social media pages for more information (@campushealthubco)!

Enroll in the Wellness Centre: Online

Counselling resources

Health & Wellness resources

Health and Wellness clinic and counselling services are open during the pandemic.

We ask that all students call in advance to book an appointment as we are unable to accept drop-in appointments at this time.

The clinic physician and nurse, and the counsellors are all available for telehealth and, when indicated, in-person appointments.

Students who are located outside of the region can access 24/7 support through the Student Assistance Program.


Learn more

DRC Zoom Hangout

DRC Student Advisory Committee hosts a weekly Zoom hangout

The DRC Student Advisory Committee (DRC SAC) works in support of disabled students at UBCO. Last year the committee met many disabled students by attending and hosting a variety of events. The committee also conducted accessibility audits of physical spaces, held sessions with student liaisons to discuss issues that affect disabled students, and worked with other minority groups on campus.

This year, things are considerably different. The DRC SAC is connecting with disabled students through Zoom hangouts on Tuesday evenings. Each session has a focus topic as well as time to just chat about the events of the week. All disabled students are invited to, join us to support and help guide each other through this unusual distanced year.

Time: Tuesdays at 6-7 p.m. PT via Zoom

Please register in advance by emailing us at drcadvisory@gmail.com to request the Zoom link.

Online Learning  Coaches

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


Not enough food left to last until payday? Pantry student food bank is open!

Your Student Union run food bank, Pantry, is now offering a weekly hamper program for students in need. We have access to many staple dry goods (such as beans, rice, pasts, oatmeal packages) as well as bread and fresh products. Order your hamper by 3 p.m. Thursday for pickup on Friday (you will be emailed your pickup time on Thursday afternoon).

Request a hamper

Please indicate in the hamper request if you are in need of anything not listed, or if you have children (and how many).

A student on exchange

Need to get away in 2021/22? Go Global can help! Study in Singapore, Sweden, or one of 77 other countries!

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, Go Global 101, available and will be hosting Q&A sessions (including a weekly one from 7-8pm PDT) throughout November to answer your questions as they come up! Check out Go Global 101 on YouTube and sign up for a Q&A session.

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.

The Hangar

Thriving in the Hangar – reduced sensory hours now available

The Hangar is pleased to introduce a new reduced sensory environment to increase accessibility for users. Accommodations will include reduced light, noise, and increased staff support. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Hangar and our new appointment-based workouts.

  1. Register for a Facility Access Membership
  2. Book an Appointment
  3. Show up and enjoy your workout in the Hangar

Register soon as space is limited!

Available reduced sensory time slots:

  • Kickoff Event Wednesday, November 4 6:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m. PT
  • Wednesday, November 11 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT
  • Wednesday, November 18 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT
  • Wednesday, November 25 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT
Health and Wellness Student Advisory Committee

Health & Wellness Student Advisory Committee

Become a member of the Health & Wellness Student Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the advisory committee is to provide feedback on the health and wellness services provided currently and also to provide support and ideas regarding future directions for student health and wellness.

Meetings occur monthly. Dates and times to be confirmed.

Become a member

A student volunteering

Dis(Connecting) through COVID: Experiences of older persons and their volunteer navigators

This webinar focuses on how the relationships between hospice volunteers and their clients has been disrupted during COVID-19. It explores the experiences of both clients and volunteers, and of virtual volunteering in the COVID-19 context. Everyone is welcome.

Friday, November 20, 2020 10–11 a.m. PT

Register here

A Pharmaceutical Sciences student

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences info sessions

The entry-to-practice PharmD and Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences programs invite prospective students to attend an information session to learn more about the admissions process and updates to the program ahead of the application deadline of December 1, 2020.

Information Session for Applicants to the entry-to-practice PharmD program

Tuesday, November 24

6-7:30 p.m.

Register here


Information Session for Applicants to the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program

*This is a new Bachelor program and we are accepting limited seats for Year 2 transfer. This program is not an entry to practice program. This information session is open to both applicants and advisors.

Tuesday, November 17

6-7:30 p.m. PT

Register here


For more information about the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program, visit our website.

Students discussing their dreams

Dream appreciation group

A dream appreciation group will be held weekly on Thursdays from 5:00-6:15 p.m. PT

This group follows the work done by Montague Ullman, a pioneer in working with dreams in the community.

Please attend this fun and insightful group experience.

For further information, please contact Roger Wilson at roger.g.wilson@ubc.ca

Creative Healing workshop

Creative Healing: ritual and arts-based support for BIPOC survivors

Join us for a series of virtual arts-based and therapeutic oriented workshops, facilitated from an Indigenous healing and wellness approach to Expressive Arts therapy.

The workshops are aimed to strengthen our voices, creativity, resiliency and healing by providing a safe and structured space to explore with the arts. Participants will be guided to expand on their creative interests by making nourishing pieces of artwork such as a poem, story, talisman, weave drawing and/ or visual art pieces, as works of significance to take away.

This four-workshop series will be facilitated by Sandra Suasnabar Alberco, an Indigenous, migrant and queer women of Peruvian Andean descendant, Expressive Arts therapist and Counsellor.

Wednesdays from Nov. 11 to Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m. PT.

This is a closed group and registration will be required. No artistic background is needed. If interested, please get in touch with us (even if the group has already started)!

For more information or to register, please contact svpro.okanagan@ubc.ca

Dr. Hadiya Roderique

Nov. 17 - Distinguished Speaker Series goes virtual

For the 2020-21 season, the Distinguished Speaker Series will be delivered in a virtual setting. The first speaker, hosted by the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Hadiya Roderique wrote about Being Black on Bay Street in a 2017 Globe and Mail article that blew open a conversation across Canada on racism. The dialogue she helped to spark she continues on Nov. 17, examining what it may take for workplaces to be truly inclusive.

Learn more and register

The potential for Black Studies programs in Canada

Recording: The potential for Black Studies programs in Canada

On October 23rd, 2020 the UBC community joined together for a conversation with Professor Andrea A. Davis, York University and Professor Handel Kashope Wright, UBC Vancouver

If you missed the webinar the recording is now available.

Watch the recording

Student on a computer

Workday updates for student employees

Workday went live Nov 2, which means some changes for student employees. Starting in November, paydays for student staff change to the 15th and last day of the month.

What does this mean?

Student staff need to submit their time in Workday. The first entry deadline is November 6 for the November 13 payday.

Staff will receive reminder emails to submit time throughout each pay period.

If you haven’t completed the Workday Training, do so as soon as possible.


Learn more about Workday

student vaping

A study on vaping

A study funded by the Heart & Stroke Foundation found that young people are vaping early and often. The board chair of Heart & Stroke, Dr. Andrew Pipe, said that “young people are starting to vape before they turn 16; they are vaping six days a week, 30 times a day. And they are addicted: the majority (59%) have tried to quit multiple times without success and many have begun smoking after vaping”. The study reports that nine in ten young people who vape, do so because of the flavours, vape products high in nicotine and/or are unaware of the nicotine, share their vapes and are able to because they think it is affordable. With a 112% rise in vaping from 2017-2019, the time to act is now. If you don’t vape, don’t start. If you do vape, contact Health and Wellness (250 807 9270) to help you quit today.

Read the study

Home-grown blackberries

The Food Hub project continues

We’re still working towards the physical Food Hub! Sarah Clement has been rehired through the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program in order to begin Phase 2 of this project: Launching Community Partnerships. Community partnerships are a key part to supporting student food security at UBCO. We are extremely excited about prospective partnerships and programs! Sarah is beginning to scan our community for potential partners, digging into our prior research to discover which community organizations our campus community is excited about, and engaging with the broader Okanagan community. We will be sharing facts, resources, and information about our project once every month in this newsletter. Stay tuned, and until then…visit our website to read more about what we are getting up to.

Check out this great article all about the need for more than just food banks when it comes to addressing food security. It’s a great, quick, informative read! We know you have tons of reading for school, but open this up, and keep the tab open until you find a free moment! It’s worth it, we promise!

Learn more about the Food Hub

UBCO Transportation

UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan – consultation launches this week

The UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan is being developed to support future campus growth, community wellbeing and climate action, through strategies that make it more convenient, affordable and sustainable to get to from and around campus. This consultation is an important input into UBC Okanagan’s Transportation Plan. Consultation runs until November 24 and you can get involved by completing the survey, with a chance to win one of five $100 food delivery gift cards.

We are also hosting a Virtual Open House on November 17, where you can drop in anytime between 11:30am and 1 pm to have your questions answered.

Learn more

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