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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. 5, 2022

In this issue:

  • Upcoming dates and deadlines
  • Transit service updates
  • Upcoming events
    • October 2-16 Go By Bike Week
    • October 5: Engineer your career with Fortis BC
    • October 6: Pride in Place
    • October 7 and 8: Presidents’ Cup rivalry at Nonis Field
    • October 14: Dirty Dash
    • October 17: Student Demographic Data Town Hall
    • October 17-21: Academic Integrity Week
    • October 27: Distinguished Speaker Series: Re-imagining a new way forward with intention
  • Yoga for mental wellness
  • Why study alone when you can study with support?
  • Applications open for the Sharron Simpson Family Community Impact Award
  • STEM Education needs your help
  • Student tech support
  • Take steps to study abroad with Go Global
  • Campus walks
  • How to speak to your friend when they are under the influence

Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • October 10 – Thanksgiving Day. University closed.

More important dates and deadlines


Transit service updates

Conversations about Kelowna Regional Transit services are evolving. For the most up-to-date information, please check the webpage below. 

Transit updates


Win prizes by riding your bike during Go By Bike Week!

Gear up and get ready to roll! Go By Bike week is back. From October 2-16, ride your bike to work, to school, for fun, for exercise, or to clear your mind. No matter the reason, just ride your bike and log your rides. Any and every ride logged will enter you into the draw for one of many great prizes.

And don't forget to stop by the Celebration Station on campus on October 12 for snacks, prize draws, free bike tune-ups and more!

Learn more


Engineer your career with FortisBC

Interested in a co-op or full-time job at FortisBC? Join us on Wednesday, October 5 from 5 to 6 pm in the Sawchuk Family Theatre to connect with a team of former co-op students who have secured engineering careers within the organization.

FortisBC will be on campus to share the exciting projects and student engineering opportunities that are available with the organization. They will also be sharing insights into the recruitment process and providing tips on how to stand out during selection.



Learn more about queer history in the Okanagan

UBC Okanagan Library is partnering with the Museum & Archives of Vernon for a community discussion about the representation of queer history in the Okanagan. Stop by and join special guests for an evening that will feature a pop-up exhibit, reception, and a live taping of the Okanagan QueerStory podcast.

The event will take place at the Museum & Archives of Vernon on October 6 from 6-9 pm. It is free to attend, but seating is limited. Save your spot by registering below. 



Feel the heat during the Presidents' Cup

Come and support the Heat as the men’s and women’s soccer teams head into a weekend of rivalry matches against the TRU Wolfpack in a classic Presidents’ Cup competition!

The Presidents’ Cup is an annual competition between UBC Okanagan and Thompson Rivers University, calculated based on the results of each soccer, basketball, and volleyball match between the two teams. The UBC Okanagan Heat were awarded the cup in the 2021-22 season for both the men’s and women’s teams.

For the men, the action kicks off on Friday, October 7 at 6 pm on Nonis Field, while the women hit the road to take on the Wolfpack in Kamloops. Both teams return to Nonis Field with matches against TRU on Saturday, October 8.

Pro tip: Heat home games are free for students to attend! Just bring your UBCcard.

Learn more


Get ready to play dirty

Residence Life and Recreation have partnered to bring you a fun and muddy obstacle course race on October 14! Gather your friends, bring your game face, and be prepared to get dirty. The event will start in heats so your team can pick a start time that works best (space is limited).

There will be prizes for the best dressed, most spirited, and most efficient teams. Plus, each team will receive food truck vouchers with their registration package!

Register now


Attend the Student Demographic Data Project Virtual Town Hall for UBC Students

The Student Demographic Data Project seeks to improve the university's understanding of student experiences, support inclusion, and assess the progress of equity, diversity and inclusion priorities.

On Monday, October 17 from 3:30-5:00 pm, join a virtual town hall to learn about:

  • Why UBC will collect demographic data
  • What kind of demographic data UBC will collect
  • How the data will be used, and,
  • How the data and an individual’s privacy will be protected

The session will include a Q&A period, with a host of panelists ready to listen and respond to questions and comments.



What constitutes plagiarism or cheating? Learn more during Academic Integrity Week

UBC’s second annual Academic Integrity Week is October 17-21. This week is intended to spark conversation and raise awareness of the importance of academic integrity at UBC and beyond. Too often, academic integrity goes unmentioned when we talk about success. This year, let’s celebrate the excellence, resilience, and commitment that UBCO students like you show as part of this collective effort.

On October 19, come say hi at the West Entrance to the Library (beside the Commons, across from Fipke), enter to win prizes, and grab a hot drink while supplies last!

Find more Academic Integrity week events


Distinguished Speaker Series: Re-imagining a new way forward with intention

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to bring Environmental, Cultural and Human Rights Advocate Sheila Watt-Cloutier to the Kelowna Community Theatre on October 27.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier will share her experience and insight on the realities of the Arctic, discussing the challenges Inuit people face while also focusing on solutions. Join Sheila’s discussion on the interconnectedness of environment, economy, foreign policy, health, and human rights and how this will impact the future of our planet.

Get tickets


Yoga for mental wellness

Unwind and take a moment for your mental wellness in a one-hour yoga class, open to all students. Happening Wednesdays from 3:10 to 4:10 pm in Nechako 221 (the Gathering Room), this class is a great way to de-stress. Arrive a few minutes early and bring some water and a yoga mat if you have one.

This class is free and no registration is required.


Why study alone when you can study
with support?

Need help with a core concept? Have a specific question? Looking for a supportive space to study? The Student Learning Hub in Residence has you covered! The Student Learning Hub is now offering extended services and hours in a new location. Pop by Nechako 241 for supported study sessions or drop-in tutoring. Topics include math, chemistry, physics, engineering, and more!

Happening Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 7 pm in Nechako 241.

See the tutor schedule


Applications open for the Sharron Simpson Family Community Impact Award

Follow your dreams in pursuit of a passion, experience real-world learning, and make an impact on both the campus and external community. 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 2,600 in funding to pursue your passion and pay it forward in your community!

Learn more and apply


STEM Education needs your help!

Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WWEST) is looking for people who are enthusiastic about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to join our team of educators. Flexible hours that work with class and personal schedules. Positions pay $17.50/hour for sharing STEM learning with K-12 classrooms. Contact us to learn more! 

Contact WWEST


Looking for tech support?

Do you have student technology-related questions? Are you having difficulty accessing and using UBC software and programs for online learning? Do you have questions about what technology is available to students? The Student Support Analyst is here to help you with various learning technologies.

Learn more


Study abroad next year with Go Global

Are you interested in finding out more about how to incorporate an exchange or international learning experience into your degree? Check out our video series, Go Global 101, or stop by during drop-in hours. The deadline to apply for a Term 2 exchange is December 13, 2022!

If you follow us on Instagram (@ubcoglobal) and attend a Q&A you'll be entered into a prize to have your Go Global Fee waived!

Attend a Q&A


Campus walks

Join the Move U Crew on campus walks this semester! Each walk will have a fun theme including a Plant Walk on October 12 and a Trick-or-Treat Walk on October 26, and all walks are free with registration!

Register now


How to speak to your friend when
they are under the influence

It can be difficult to find the right way to speak to your friend when they are under the influence. It can be even more difficult to communicate with them while they are making harmful decisions.

Here are some ways to overcome this barrier:

  • Have a plan set in place before any substances are used to ensure you understand what your friend wants as an outcome for the night
  • Be mindful of the language you’re using to avoid sounding accusatory
  • Ensure you are able to remain calm to minimize the likelihood of a tense situation escalating further

Learn more

Reminder: UBCO has supports available for drug-checking, overdose prevention, and recovery. Learn more about the Harm Reduction Team (HaRT).


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