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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.

Feb. 3, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

Mar. 26: Last day to self-drop a course in the SSC

Apr. 13: Last day of classes and last day to withdraw with a W standing

If you need to drop a course, do so early. If in doubt, contact an Academic Advisor to discuss your options.

Students celebrating Black excellence

February is Black History Month

While we should celebrate Black history and excellence every day, this is an opportunity for a focused, intentional, and elevated reflection of Black history and achievement – and the many contributions of Black Canadians, Black British Columbians, and Black students, faculty and staff at UBC.

See what’s happening

Follow the UBCO African Caribbean Student Club for more Black History Month events and celebrations:

Facebook: UBCO African Caribbean Student Club

Instagram: @ubcoacsc

Through the Lens: I Am Because You Are vs I Am Because You Are Not

Date: Feb. 10

Time: 10 a.m. -– 12 p.m. PT

Location: Virtual Zoom event

Join Trophy Ewila & Lady Dia as they host a thought-provoking workshop that challenges our thought patterns and explores how to support antiracism and decolonoization initiatives. Through sharing their experiences of resistance and resilience, Trophy and Lady Dia will explore the concepts of white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy as current Western cultural norms.

Learn more and register

Top left to right: Kylie, Bree. Below, Paige

New from the blog: Crossing virtual paths, and making friendships that last

It’s been a challenging year for students, especially in regards to making friends. Three first-year students meet at virtual orientation. Months later, these three friends continue to find community in each other.

Breana Krahn, Kylie Johnston, and Paige Reekie share their experiences with virtual friendships in an unusual learning environment.

Read more

Help shape UBC by completing the Undergraduate Experience Survey

Complete the UBC Undergraduate Experience Survey by Feb. 7 and win up to $300 in prizes

Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the Undergraduate Experience Survey before Feb. 7!

Results from previous years’ surveys have sparked big changes at UBCO, like the introduction of our new in-house Food Services model. After receiving student feedback regarding meals on campus, we’re working towards providing food options that are more culturally diverse, sustainable, and socially and ecologically conscious. Get a taste of student voices in action next time you grab a cup of locally sourced espresso from Comma or try a delicious new plant-based lunch option at Sunshine.

Plus, all UBCO students who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win a $300 gift card or one of two $100 gift cards!

Check your email for your invitation to complete the survey.

We Fund That—student initiatives

Up to $3500 available to fund your student initiative

Want to bring a new initiative to campus? Need financial support to attend a conference or competition? We fund that.

UBC has up to $3,500 available to fund your initiative or competition or up to $500 to help you attend a conference. Even better — we’ll help you with your application.

Next deadline: Feb. 22

Learn more

SUO expo Feb 1–5, featuring special guest, Freida Whales

Come meet your Student Associations and get involved

Join your Students’ Union for our first ever virtual expo! Meet fellow students who have similar interests or are part of the same faculty! Become a student leader and find your community at UBCO. Student Associations are a great place to make lifetime friendships and great memories to carry with you throughout life.

Each Student Association will be in their own Zoom Room for 45 minutes. Dates and times are in the schedule. See you there!

Register here

Don't forget to come to our event to close out Expo on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.!!

Tropical Trivia/Sing Along with local artist Frieda Whales! Wear your tackiest tropical outfit and join us for some fun in the sun!! There are prizes to be won!

SUO general elections are coming up

UBCSUO Annual General Election coming soon

As everyone is officially settling into the spring semester, we are quickly approaching the Annual General Election for the UBCSUO Board of Directors. Becoming an elected student leader provides the opportunity for growth and development in the professional world, as well as a platform to give back to your peers at UBC. Gain valuable experience, practical skills, and personal development, all while working to better the student experience at UBCO.

The candidate nomination period begins Feb. 1 at 8 a.m. PT and ends on Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. PT.

Interested in getting involved in the election? Check out the Candidate Nomination Package and the Candidate Information Package for more info!

"Men don't show emotion"

UBCO wants to hire you

We’re looking for students who are eager to get involved and expand their professional skillsets. Sound like you? UBCO has hundreds of paid and volunteer student positions that will soon be available for this summer and the upcoming school year. Many of these jobs will be posted on the Student Job Board mid-April. Some of available positions will include:

  • Peer Mentors
  • Orientation Leader
  • Math, Science, Writing, and Language Tutors
  • Supplemental Learning Leader

Looking to learn more about these positions? Stay tuned for more details. Updates will be posted on the Student Job Board as they become available.

Are you job search ready?

Time to dust off that resume! Career Services has resources to help you stand out amongst other candidates while job hunting. Learn how to build a competitive resume, ace an interview, and make the most out of your virtual job search.

Learn more

Study with me: weekly group sessions

OLCs lead a new “Study With Me” program

The Student Learning Hub is offering student-led, Zoom group study sessions called “Study With Me”. If you are interested in creating dedicated study time in your schedule and connecting with others in your program or faculty, we encourage you to register.

Wednesdays 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., PT

Fridays 1 – 2 p.m., PT

During a “Study With Me” session, you will be invited to:

  • Log in to Zoom
  • Connect with your group and set goals for the session
  • Complete 25 minutes of uninterrupted study time followed by a break using the Pomodoro technique
  • Check in with your goals at the end of the session, connect, ask questions, stay and chat, or leave when you need to

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FCCS Undergraduate Research Awards deadline Feb 16

FCCS Undergraduate Student Research Awards

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is now accepting applications from undergraduate students to pursue innovative and original research as part of their learning experience. These awards provide undergraduate students support to engage in research and creation activities over the summer months.

There are two awards available for domestic students for $2,500 each, and one award available for international students for $9,000.

*Must be a BFA, BMS or BA student majoring in a program in FCCS.

Deadline to apply: Feb. 16.

Learn more and apply

Join the Psychology Course Union for "Top 10 on Netflix" Jeopardy

Jeopardy night with the Psychology Course Union

Join the Psychology Course Union for a Jeopardy night on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. PT.

This event is an opportunity for students to make connections with each other, to have some fun, and to flaunt their trivia skills!

There is $100 in prizes to be won!

Please register for the event BEFORE 2 p.m. on Feb. 27. The Zoom link for the event will be emailed to all registered individuals after the registration deadline.

Follow us on Instagram for updates on future events: @ubcopcu

Register here

Planning to graduate this year? Don't forget to apply via the SSC by Feb 28

Graduating this year? Don’t forget to apply by Feb. 28

Regardless of whether or not you plan to attend the June 2020 graduation ceremonies, you must apply to graduate before Feb. 28, 2020 in order to receive your degree. You will not receive your degree if you do not apply to graduate.

If you have questions about your degree requirements or would like to do a grad check, please contact Academic Advising.

Complete the Graduation Application on the Student Service Centre (SSC) by selecting Graduation -> Apply to Graduate

Apply to graduate

We want to hear from you: Tuition consultation

Now until Feb. 26: Learn more about and share your thoughts on proposed tuition and fees increase

How does your tuition contribute to UBC's budget? Get the full picture on how your fees impact the student experience at UBC—including learning, services, and supports—and share your thoughts on proposed student tuition fee increases for the 2021/22 academic year.

Learn more

UBC Connects with Desmond Cole and Robyn Maynard

March 12: UBC Connects with Desmond Cole and Robyn Maynard

UBC Connects continues to bring together some of the world’s most esteemed thought leaders. The first virtual event of 2021 is Friday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m. in partnership with UBC Okanagan. Featuring award-winning authors and activists Desmond Cole and Robyn Maynard, they will expand the conversation on race in these challenging times, following participate in a panel discussion and question period.

Register here

Office setup

Get free access to Microsoft 365 Office Applications

UBC students can now download Microsoft 365 Office applications from Microsoft’s at no cost.

To get Microsoft 365 applications from, sign up for an email account. Once signed up, follow the steps listed on UBC IT’s Microsoft 365 for Students page.

What’s included in Microsoft’s

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • OneNote
  • Publisher (with Windows only)
  • Access (with Windows only)
  • Online access to Teams and OneDrive

The Office 365 subscription via UBC Software Portal will be no longer available from August, 1, 2021. Students are encouraged to create a Student email ( and opt-in for M365 service via MyCWL Account page in order to access MS Software.

For more information, please visit the UBC IT Microsoft 365 Office for Students Service Catalogue page.

Got questions?

For questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Centre.

Move UBC this February

Upcoming Rec events

Recreation is here for you.

Recreation is offering a wide array of programs and events for our staff and faculty. Compete in a Badminton Ladder, shoot hoops through our Register and Play program, paint wood signs to decorate your home, or get outside with cross country and snow shoe events. There's something for everyone!

Learn more

Move UBC this February

This February, explore ways to fit physical activity into your day (wherever you are) during Move UBC Month! Small changes can add up to big impacts—moving more can help improve mental health and resilience, boost your creativity and productivity, and even improve your sleep.

Check out the Move UBC event calendar for lots of great ways to get moving.

Learn more

UBCO Recreation DIY wood sign paint night

Get ready for DIY wood signs! UBCO Recreation is sponsoring a wood painting event that will instruct participants via Zoom. The 4” x 16” wood sign kit includes everything you need to complete the project. You will learn how to apply stencil, paint and remove stencil, all with colours of your choice to create your wonderful personalized wood sign.

Join us virtually as we create our wood signs together on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. PT

Register here

GoByBike Day

Join us and commit to riding on Feb. 12 for Winter GoByBike Day! Log your total kilometers online on Feb. 12 and you’ll be entered into a prize draw for a $50 Visa gift card or a $50 gift card to a bike shop of your choice, plus other great prizes donated by Sugoi, Ortieb and 7mesh.

Ride your bike to work, to school, for fun, for exercise, to stretch your legs between Zoom classes, to clear your mind … no matter the reason, just ride your bike with the rest of the world on Feb. 12!

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