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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.

Dec. 1, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • End of Winter Term 1: Wednesday, December 8
  • Exam period begins: Saturday, December 11
  • Exam period ends: Wednesday, December 22

More important dates and deadlines


Updated collegia hours of operation

The collegia spaces will have altered hours during exam season and over the winter break. Regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, January 17.

The collegia hours of operation from December 9-10 and December 13-17 are:

  • EME 0252 - 9 am to 3 pm
  • UNC 335 - 1 pm to 7 pm
  • UNC 336 - 8 am to 2 pm

The collegia hours of operation from January 10-14 are:

  • All locations - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 

The collegia spaces will be closed from December 18 to January 9.

Learn more about the collegia spaces


Volleyball teams set to beat the TBirds

Head over to the gymnasium on Friday and Saturday to watch your Heat volleyball teams battle the Thunderbirds! With spectators limits now lifted in the interior, we want to pack The Furnace and let the Thunderbirds know which campus is better.

Friday night, the HK Students Association will be hosting a beer garden with the women’s game starting at 6 pm followed by the men’s game at 8 pm.

Saturday, the Heat and TBirds battle again with the women at 3 pm and the men at 5 pm. #BeatTheTBirds


December 9 - Are you ready to tackle final exams?

Set yourself up for success with Exam Jam! Happening from 9 am to 4 pm on December 9, this virtual event is meant to help you prepare for finals. Sessions will include:

  • Final exam reviews
  • Study groups
  • Drop-in tutoring sessions
  • Supplemental Learning reviews
  • Wellness breaks
  • Exam prep, such as time management, tips for writing essay exams, or tech support

Register for this event by enrolling on Canvas, then pick and choose which sessions work for you.

Check out the sessions


December 9 - Zoom into Nobel Night 2021

Learn about the 2021 Nobel Prize-winning contributions in chemistry, medicine, literature, peace, and economics at the virtual Nobel Night. On December 9, a distinguished panel of UBC professors and a CBC media expert will decipher the winning methods and work of the 2021 laureates who have changed the world forever.

Learn more and register


December 14 – Lead rock climbing lesson

Join Recreation with Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym on December 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm to learn the essentials of lead climbing and belaying.

The class includes all necessary rental equipment (i.e., harness, shoes, rope, and belay devices), and is taught by certified climbing instructors. The cost is $30 per person.

Register or find out more


Surviving exams: expectations vs reality by a UBCO student

Exam period can be wild. I don’t know about you, but I always start exam period with a healthy dose of good intentions for my study plan and usually end the exam period with very few fulfilled intentions. Is this a good study plan? No. Is it relatable? You tell me. Visit the link below for some of my exam expectations and realities.

Read about it


BC Transit service disruptions

BC Transit has announced expected transit service challenges in Kelowna due to labour shortages and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The campus has been informed that no UBCO routes are expected to be cancelled, but that service levels will be affected. UBC Okanagan will be monitoring these developments closely.

If you are a transit user, BC Transit has advised to check online for alerts regularly and sign up to receive route-specific email notifications. They also expect a short-term reduced service schedule to go into effect in early January 2022 with updated schedules to be published in the coming weeks.

To explore other options for getting to and from campus, including sustainable options like carpooling, walking or cycling, please visit transportation.ok.ubc.ca.

Learn more


UBC Food Hub

The new UBC Food Hub aims to create a food secure campus community, where all community members can obtain adequate, accessible, nutritionally, and culturally appropriate food in a just and ecologically sound manner.

It’s more than just food! The Food Hub not only connects you with budget-friendly food options, but also includes financial supports, wellbeing resources, and opportunities for you to take an active role in growing a vibrant, food secure campus community.

Learn more


UBC Meal Share Program – get your applications in before the holiday break

Are you a UBC student who finds yourself making the tough choice between paying bills and buying food? It’s ok to ask for help, and it is important that you know you are not alone.

Students experiencing food insecurity can apply for non-repayable funds or significant discounts to access food through the UBC Meal Share Program. The pilot initiative, made possible through the generous support of the UBC community, will run from October 2021 until April 2022 and provide eligible undergraduate and graduate students with funds up to two times each academic term. The program is confidential and is available to current UBC Okanagan students self-identifying as experiencing challenges accessing adequate and appropriate food due to financial reasons.

This December, it is important to get your applications in before the holiday break. Applications to the Meal Share Program will be closed from December 17 to January 5.

Learn more and apply for funds or discounts


How do you like the new Arts Foyer and Quiet Study Corridor?

Championed by the Students’ Union Okanagan (SUO) with support from the AVP Students office, the Arts Foyer and Quiet Study Corridor was identified as a prime opportunity to improve informal learning spaces on campus. In collaboration with Project Services, Facilities Planning, the SUO, and AVP Students, a plan was developed to improve the underutilized space.

The primary goal was to incorporate and pilot innovative and new amenities, including a meeting room within a room, acoustic phone/videoconference booths, study pods, desks, and lounge areas within an open environment, providing natural light, adding a green wall, and incorporating vibrant colours.

Now that the updates are completed, we invite you to participate in a very brief (two minute) survey to tell us what you think of the new space. We welcome your thoughts!

Share your thoughts


FCCS Undergraduate Student Awards

In recognition of the challenges students faced during the Covid-19 Global pandemic, faculty and staff from UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies have raised $7,200 in support of students majoring in Creative Studies, English and Cultural Studies, or Languages and World Literatures.

This is a one-time award for 2022, available to domestic and international undergraduate students who are enrolled in the BFA, BMS, or the BA with a major or combined major in English, Cultural Studies, Art History and Visual Culture, French, Creative Writing, or Languages. These awards are offered to students in any year of study who are in good academic standing and have demonstrated classroom excellence. Preference will be given to students with described financial need.

The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, based on the student applications. The deadline to apply is January 5.

Learn more

Mini-golf course

Submissions are now open for the 24th Annual Short Story Contest

We are offering cash prizes to the top three stories—$1,000, $400 and $200. The first prize winner will also win a one-week retreat at The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre in Kelowna.

The deadline to submit is January 31.

Learn more and start your submission

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