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UBC-O: Water Quality Advisory lifted for UBC Okanagan

December 15, 2017 @9:40 am

The Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District (GEID) has notified UBC that the Glenmore Water System Water Quality Advisory (WQA) has been rescinded. This was done in consultation with Interior Health.

GEID will continue monitoring and disinfection of the water system, as well as perform daily checks of the system.

The Glenmore WQA was first issued in the spring of 2006, so this is great news for the campus community.


Shelley Kayfish
Director of Campus Operations and Risk Management


If you have any questions, please contact GEID or the Office of Campus Operations and Risk Management.

Improvement District

Natalie Ingram
Campus Operations
and Risk Management

UBC-V: Register for ‘Search Inside Yourself’ training program by Jan. 5

December 13, 2017 @10:30 am

As faculty and staff, you’re invited to take part in a new professional development opportunity aimed at building leadership skills and increasing wellbeing.

Developed at Google and founded in neuroscience, Search Inside Yourself (SIY) is a unique training program that can help participants build resilience, become adaptive and learn to thrive.

What the program offers:

  • An overview of the neuroscience supporting emotion and mindfulness
  • Exercises to focus attention and develop self-awareness (the foundation for emotional intelligence, self-mastery, and leadership)
  • Specific workplace applications to help you thrive and achieve greater emotional balance and focus

Learn more.

UBC-O: Apply for Work Study program funding, Jan. 1 – 31

December 12, 2017 @11:15 am

Apply for the opportunity to receive subsidy to work with a student next year. Starting Jan. 1 – 31, submit a proposal for the 2018 summer or winter Work Study program, and build capacity within your team.

The Work Study Program provides a minimum wage subsidy to faculty and staff at UBC’s Okanagan campus who are committed to providing outstanding on-campus employment opportunities for students. Funding is awarded to eligible employers via a competitive application and adjudication process.

Learn more.

New from Professor Ono’s blog: Looking back on 2017

December 13, 2017 @10:26 am

An extract from Professor Santa Ono’s latest blog post.

Looking back on 2017, looking forward to 2018

Dear friends:

December is traditionally a time to reflect back on the year that was and to look forward to the year to come. Looking over my blog posts over the past year, I’m struck by UBC’s many accomplishments in 2017:

  • We began work in earnest on the new strategic plan. The planning process – led first by Professor Emma Cunliffe and later by Professor Andrew Szeri (vice-president academic and provost) and Professor Gail Murphy (vice-president research & innovation) – is almost complete. I would like to thank everybody who has participated – whether as a member of a task force or committee or by attending an open house or filling out an online survey. Your input has been invaluable, and I am pleased to say that the plan is approaching conclusion and will be presented to the UBC Board of Governors for approval early next year.
  • Thanks to a $1-million donation from Microsoft Corporation, we established the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative with the University of Washington in February. The new centre brings together academic researchers, students and community members to address urban issues facing citizens of the Cascadia region.
  • More than 1,000 people came to the UBC Vancouver campus to participate in the raising of Reconciliation Pole on April 1. The Pole tells the story of the time before, during, and after the Indian residential school system – a system that began in the 1800s and ended with the last school closure in 1996.

Read the full post.