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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.

Nov 6, 2019

In this issue:

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Career Connections

Career Connections

Curious about your career options? Stop by the Engagement Theatre most Thursdays for an informal, low-pressure conversation with a prospective employer. 


Next employers:


 Thursday, Oct 17:

Everything you ever wanted to know about a career with...
Google - Meet the Interns

When: 4 – 6 p.m.

Where: Commons Engagement Theatre
(between the Commons and the Library building)

Are you interested in getting an internship at Google? Find out how by talking to students with first-hand experience. You will have the opportunity to chat with current UBC Okanagan students that have interned at Google. 

Related programs:

  • Computer Science
  • Data Science

Positions Include:

  • Programmers

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 Thursday, Nov. 21:

Everything you ever wanted to know about a career with...

When: 4 – 6 p.m.

Where: Commons Engagement Theatre
(between the Commons and the Library building)

Established in 1973, Kent-Macpherson is recognized as one of Western Canada’s leading authorities in independent real estate valuation, consulting and advisory services, serving both the private and public sectors.

Related programs:

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Management

Positions Include:

  • Research Analysts
  • Real Estate Appraisers

Learn more



We're celebrating 10 years of Thrive at UBC! 

November 1-30, explore your path to mental health during Thrive month.

We all have mental health, and we all benefit from building maintaining our mental health year-round. The Thrive 5 are just a few simple ways to do this!

Moving More, Eating Well, Sleeping Soundly, Giving Back, Connecting Socially.

Grab some friends and attend an event like the Thrive Expo on November 19, practice some self-care, or take a little time to think about what Thriving means to you! 

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Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey

Help UBC create a healthier campus!

On Nov. 8, the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey launches at UBC. A random sample of UBC students will receive an email iinvitation to participate in the survey and share your thoughts and experiences on a range of health and wellbeing topics.

If you receive a link, please take the survey! Your feedback will provide valuable information to help shape programs, policies and practices that support student health and wellbeing at UBC.

Survey participants will be entered into a draw to win one of 20 $50 Visa or Mastercard gift cards!

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Lucianne Walkowicz

Searching for New Worlds and New Life

Thank you to those who attended the Oct. 1 Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science's Distinguished Speaker talk with astrophysicist Lucianne Walkowicz. Before the event, event organizers asked Walkowicz some big questions about the universe. 

For those that missed the event, you can watch her full talk as she tackles the search for planets beyond our solar system and whether they may be home to extraterrestrial life. 

Watch Here

Student Learning Hub

Student Learning Hub:

Upcoming workshops and events

Writing Grad School Applications

Nov. 6 & 7, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

There's a lot more to applying to Grad School than you might think. If you're finding the process confusing or intimidating, we will cover the steps you need to take to stay organized and get your complete application in on time!

Location: LIB 237, the Student Learning Hub in the Supplemental Learning room at the back of the space. The Hub can only be accessed using the west (Fipke facing) Library stairwell.

The workshop is free and there is no need to register.

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Majors Expo

Having trouble choosing a major?

Check out the Majors Expo

This expo is the perfect time for Arts and Science students to get to know your options for a major (or minor!). It is your opportunity to make connections, find out what interests you - and, of course, eat some great food. 

Upper year students will be at the expo to showcase their chosen major. They'll be there to answer questions about why they chose it, what's good about it and why you should choose it. 

When: Monday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Where: EME Foyer

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UBCO Engineering Open House

UBCO School of Engineering Open House

Drones and Lasers and 3-D Printers - Oh My!

Everyone is welcome to the School of Engineering Open House on November 16! The Open House will be an interactive and engaging display of the finest aspects of the School of Engineering and will include demonstrations, lab tours, informative presentations and club showcases. Learn more about the Engineering program at UBC Okanagan, meet with faculty & staff, and interact with prospective students and the local community. 

Date: November 16, 2019

Time: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Location: EME Building


Kelowna Council Meeting

Kelowna Council meeting at UBCO Nov. 18

Kelowna City Council will hold an evening meeting at UBC Okanagan on November 18. This is the first time Kelowna Council has convened a regular meeting away from City Hall, and is an opportunity for the campus community to see local government decision-making in action. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this open public meeting starting at 6 p.m. in the University Theatre ADM 026. 

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The Break Escape

UBC 2019 The Break Escape

Hey, UBC students! Plan your getaway with the Break Escape. You could win a $2,000 CAD travel voucher from Trip Merchant and alumni UBC, your future alumni association. Open to all current UBC students.

Take me away!

Sharron Simpson Award

Sharron Simpson Family

Community Impact Award

Tell us what puts a smile on your face, gets your heart racing, or seems to work its way into every conversation you have—you could be eligible for $1,000 to 2,500 in funding to pursue your passion and pay it forward in your community.

A gift from UBC alumna and donor Sharron Simpson to UBC’s Okanagan campus has created the Sharron Simpson Family Community Impact Awards program. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,500 and enable students to follow their dreams by pursuit of a passion, encouraging and enhancing real world learning experiences, contributing to a sense of enjoyment and fun in the pursuit of education, and giving students an opportunity to make an impact to both the campus and external community.

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Flu shot

Get your free flu shot

Boost your wellbeing and promote a healthy campus by getting your free flu shot—it is your best protection against the flu.

Drop into UNC 200 on November 7 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Sometimes no antibiotic is the best prescription!

If you have a sore throat, cough, or sinus pain, you might expect to take antibiotics. After all, you feel bad, and you want to get better fast. But antibiotics don’t help most respiratory infections, and they can even be harmful. Watch this short video developed by doctors that explains when antibiotics are useful and the risks and benefits of taking antibiotics:

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UBC Bachelor of Midwifery Program

UBC Bachelor of Midwifery Program

Information Session at UBCO

  • Learn about the Admissions process
  • A review of the 4 year program
  • Update on changes for distance students and the Nursing bridging option

Date: Thursday, Nov. 21

Room: Reichwald Health Sciences Centre 129

Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 


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UBC Drinks Tap Water

UBC Drinks Tap Water

From November 14-29th 2019, we're encouraging UBC Students, Staff, and Faculty to increase their consumption of tap water through a project called UBC Drinks Tap Water. 

UBC Drinks Tap Water is a campaign led by the UBC Food & Nutrition Committee, which was formed to collaboratively develop a framework to guide food and nutrition strategies on campus. This campaign fulfils one of the three primary actions of the UBC Healthy Beverage Initiative (HBI): To encourage our community to make healthier & more nutritious beverage choices and promote drinking tap water. 

This is important because bottled beverages are packaged in single-use plastic & often loaded with sugar. They're harmful to both of our environment and our health. Tap water is a safe, sustainable and healthful alternative available to most Canadians. 

Join us November 14th, 12 - 1 p.m. in the Administration Building Foyer for a free Tap Water Bistro! 


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Let's Talk Opioids

Let's Talk Opioids

Have you ever used opioids - recreationally, medicinally, or recovered from dependence? Voice is hosting an opioid dialogue to understand drug use on campus and how we can provide better harm reduction. We'll provide free pizza and the dialogue will be followed by a lower risk partying workshop. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Date: Thursday, November 14

Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Where: Arts 104

Substance use resources

Art Hive

Art Hive

If you need a creative break, try free, open art-making at the UNC 337 lounge. No art experience necessary!

Drop-In hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Scent Free

No scents is good sense at UBCO

Did you know that many scented personal products contain chemicals that can affect the health and comfort of those around you?

Scented personal products can make it difficult to concentrate and cause sore throats, congestion, difficulty breathing, nausea, migraines, and other symptoms, especially for those with asthma, allergies, and environmental illnesses. Besides perfume, cologne, and aftershave, some products that may contain added scents are soap, lotions, deodorants, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, makeup, sun screen, detergent, fabric softener, cleaning products, candles, and air fresheners.

Most manufacturers of personal care products make scent-free alternatives. Let’s make UBC Okanagan a better environment for everyone and choose scent-free personal care items as much as possible when on campus.

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Heat schedule: upcoming home games

Men's Basketball:

Nov. 8 vs. Thompson Rivers @ 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 9 vs. Thompson Rivers @ 6 p.m.

Women's Basketball:

Nov. 8 vs. Thompson Rivers @ 10:30 a.m.

Nov. 9 vs. Thompson Rivers @ 4 p.m.

Men's Volleyball:

Nov. 15 vs. Saskatchewan @ 8 p.m.

Nov. 16 vs. Saskatchewan @ 6 p.m.

Women's Volleyball:

Nov. 15 vs. Saskatchewan @ 6 p.m.

Nov. 16 vs. Saskatchewan @ 4 p.m.

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