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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. 20, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • November 8-12: Midterm break

More important dates and deadlines


Oct. 18 to 22 is Academic Integrity Week

Academic integrity is everyone’s responsibility. Get informed about your role in academic integrity and learn the risks and consequences of academic misconduct.

Learn more


On-campus flu shot clinics

Boost your wellbeing and promote a healthy campus by getting your free flu shot; it's your best protection against the flu.

Open to faculty, staff, students and family members.

Clinics run October 28 to 30 and November 1 to 3.

Book your appointment online


Rock climbing lessons

Learn to climb at Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym!

Rock climbing lessons were so popular in September, UBCO Recreation is offering a second round of lessons! For $50 you can register for four fun-filled nights at Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym. Become confident and comfortable on the wall and learn essential climbing skills. Lessons start October 20 and run from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. 

Register or find out more


Run with Rec

Challenge yourself to a 5km run this fall!

Join Recreation on October 30 for a group run/walk around the campus trails! Meet at the Hangar parking lot (M lot) at 10:00 am for an organized run with a great community of runners. Registration is free. All ages and abilities are welcome, including walkers!

Register or find out more


Other rec events coming up

Group fitness classes

Open gym

Thursdays starting October 21
UBCycles maintenance workshops

October 27
Lunch & Lift Wellbeing workshop

November 17 to December 15
Kickboxing lessons

More on-campus events & programs


Open Access Week Events

UBC partners have collaborated to create a robust series of online events in celebration of Open Access Week. Events span from October 22 to 29 and cover many relevant topics. From beginner and myth-busting workshops to discussions about Creative Commons, Open Education and Indigenous Knowledges, there is something for everyone. Suitable for students of all levels, staff, faculty, and community members.

Register for Open Access Week events


Getting back to your old normal virtual event

Are you anxious about returning to in-person events?

MHAAC (Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy Club) is hosting a virtual event on Oct. 26 at 6:00 pm to discuss tools and strategies around returning to in-person and to our old normal. Ask questions about this topic or learn more on how to feel less worried about in-person school (and outside school) life.

Zoom meeting link:


Kickoff Thrive with a java

UBC Thrive is back! Each November, we come together to learn, talk and explore mental health.

Stop by the Thrive welcome booths outside UNC and ADM (by the bus loop) on November 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 am for a coffee and more at the Thrive Kickoff Coffee event.



Research to practice webinar

In this Zoom webinar, Dr. Sharon Kassalainen, RN, Professor & Gladys Sharpe Chair in Nursing, McMaster University, will provide an overview of the Strengthening a Palliative Approach in Long Term Care (SPA-LTC) Program and tools and resources to facilitate the implementation of the program.

This webinar will take place on November 24 from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Register here


Looking for off-campus housing?

Finding housing can be challenging. UBCO has partnered with Places4Students to provide an online collection of local housing options. Browse the listings to find roommates, view rental properties, or sublet your space.

Note: Places4Students is new to the UBCO community. Please be patient as listings become available.

Check it out


Further your student experience with the Tuum Est Initiative Fund

Looking to attend a conference or student competition, but don’t have the funds? UBCO offers financial support to students looking to attend a conference, bring a new student initiative to campus, or attend a student competition! Depending on the type of funding you’re seeking, you could be eligible to receive up to $3500!

Not sure where to start? The Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund Program Assistant is available to provide support when completing your application.

The next deadline is Monday, November 15. To read more about types of funding and deadlines, click the button below.

Learn more


Looking for spaces to hang out on campus? Check out the collegia!

UBCO’s collegia spaces are designated spots for commuter students to hang out, study, work on group projects, or recharge! Each collegium is furnished in a relaxing, lounge-style atmosphere with sofas, a fireplace, board games, and space to study. Find your community by visiting a collegium during your next break!

View the collegia spaces


Our six favourite study spots

Midterms are here, and the library can get crowded at this time of year. One of the best parts of UBCO is the multitude of great study spots. A fourth-year student shares her favourite spaces to study on campus.

Read more


Get Rec'd this semester

Rec has tons of programming to help you get the most out of your uni experience. From the not-so-athletic folks to the sports fans to the gym rats, there are options for everyone. Check out our latest blog post to see what sparks your interest!

Read the blog


Help shape BC's future

Now’s your chance to have a direct impact on governmental policies and services.

The StrongerBC Young Leaders Council is seeking members between the ages of 14 to 26 to work with the Premier’s Special Advisor on Youth, MLA Brittny Anderson. Through collaborative discussion, your ideas and input will help shape government priorities to better reflect the needs of young people on topics such as employment, the environment, mental health, affordability, and more.

The deadline to apply is October 27.

Learn more


Come grab a free hot chocolate with SVPRO's "Did you know?" campaign

SVPRO will be offering free hot chocolate every Wednesday morning in November from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Courtyard outside of the library. Stop by our table to grab a cup and learn more about UBC's Sexualized Violence policy. Each week we will highlight a different section of the policy and break it down to help you learn about your rights. You will also have the chance to win cool prizes in a draw at the end of the month by collecting at least three stamps on our hot chocolate loyalty card!

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