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UBC-O: University Way construction

October 16, 2017 @4:11 pm

A message from Shelley Kayfish, Director of Campus Operations & Risk Management

Tuesday, October 17 to Friday, October 20, 7 am to 3 pm daily

Please be advised that excavation activity will be occuring on University Way this week in order to install new water lines for geothermal heating and cooling in the Teaching and Learning Centre building. The excavation will have the following impacts:

  • University Way will be subject to alternating single lane vehicle traffic
  • Pedestrians and cyclists using the sidewalks and bike paths on the northern side of University Way will be redirected to a replacement path which routes behind the excavation work

Please note that there will be flaggers, signage and barriers to assist with directing traffic.


For a construction and detour map, please visit transportation.ok.ubc.ca.

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

Cassandra McFarland
Campus Operations and Risk Management

External review of Enrolment Services

October 12, 2017 @12:56 pm

A message from Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver and Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

An external review of Enrolment Services is being carried out to assist the university as it considers the reappointment of Dr. Kate Ross. Dr. Ross’ current term as Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar comes to an end on 31 October, 2018. See the terms of reference for the review.

A review team will visit UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan between January 8 and 10, 2018. The members of the review team are:

  • Ms. Charmaine Hack, University Registrar, Ryerson University;
  • Ms. Melissa Pool, University Registrar, McMaster University;
  • Mr. Walter Wong, University Registrar, University of California, Berkeley.

The review team will meet with faculty, students, staff, senior administrators, registrars from other post-secondary institutions, and other individuals or groups that may interact with Enrolment Services at UBC.

Prior to their visit, the review team will receive documentation on all aspects of the unit’s operations, including the nature and quality of its services to students and faculty, its facilities and resources, its administrative structure and organization, and its internal and external linkages.

You are invited to provide relevant written comments – along with your name and affiliation to UBC – to Dr. Herbert Rosengarten, the review coordinator, at herbert.rosengarten@ubc.ca by January 3, 2018. All comments will be held in strict confidence, and will be forwarded to the members of the review team. The reviewers’ findings will be of value to the senior administration, the unit itself, and the university community as a whole.

We strongly encourage you to participate in this important process – your input is greatly appreciated.

UBC-V: Attend Hot Lunch with Debra Martel, Oct. 25

October 11, 2017 @4:12 pm

Enjoy a delicious lunch, meet with your colleagues from across the university, and hear from a member of UBC’s leadership team at the next Hot Lunch on October 25. 

The October lunch features  Debra Martel, Associate Director, First Nations House of Learning

All staff are invited to attend this monthly cross-campus staff networking initiative hosted by St. John’s College and co-sponsored by the offices of the vice-presidents, with the special support of Human Resources.


New from Professor Ono’s blog: Overcoming stigma of mental illness

October 10, 2017 @12:01 pm

An extract from Professor Santa Ono’s latest blog post

Overcoming the stigma of mental illness

I’d like to tell you about two young men. They were very similar in many ways. Both were studious, shy university students. But there was one crucial difference. One, Brogan Dulle, took his own life. The other, Santa Ono, tried to do the same – twice – but he didn’t succeed.

I was 14 years old the first time I tried to take my life. I was desperate and I was depressed about how I was doing in school.

I’m very grateful I woke up the next  day.

Read the full post.