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UBC-V: Important student programs and services location changes

March 20, 2018 @1:13 pm

A message from Louise Cowin, Vice-President, Students and Murali Chandrashekaran, Vice-Provost, International

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new building on campus that brings together four important student programs and services to one location. The UBC Life Building – located in what used to be the Student Union Building beside the AMS Nest – marks our continued effort to strengthen our support for both undergraduate and graduate students at the university.

In addition to offering study space and healthy food outlets, it is the new home to the following:

The Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre, which was previously located in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, supports students in navigating health and wellness resources on campus. It’s where they can go to talk to wellness peers, nurses, and attend workshops and events. The Centre also provides support to faculty and staff working on health promotion strategies and programs for the campus community.

Learn more about the Wellness Centre’s health promotion and education programs.

International Student Advising

International Student Advising, which was previously located at International House, is a key resource for international and refugee students on campus. It connects them with International Student Advisors and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) for information about a range of topics from immigration and health insurance to life and cultural transitions.

Learn more about International Student Advising and how best to refer students to its services.

Go Global

Go Global, which was also previously located at International House, works with Faculties to offer international learning programs to students. It also offers support and expertise in international academic processes and administering international programs.

Learn more about Go Global, including how to integrate international learning programs into courses.

The ARC (Activities & Recreation Centre)

The ARC is an expansion of the existing fitness facilities on campus that is available to all students, staff and faculty. The new space includes state-of-the-art cardio machines, strength training equipment, and dedicated areas for circuit training and functional exercises.

Learn more about the ARC.

We would be grateful for your support in sharing these service updates with your colleagues in student-facing positions.

Call for applications for Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs and Director, First Nations House of Learning

March 19, 2018 @12:29 pm

A message from Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Further to my message on February 5, UBC is seeking nominations and applications for the joint position of Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs and Director, First Nations House of Learning.

The successful candidate will take office at a time when the university reaffirms its commitment to Indigenous peoples under the next Indigenous strategic plan, part of the university’s forthcoming broader strategic plan.

The Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs provides vision, leadership and diplomacy in advancing the university’s overall strategic plan in relation to Indigenous affairs. They will play a pivotal role in establishing consistent, open channels of communication with faculty, staff and students, Indigenous communities, the senior leadership of the university, and various associates involved in Indigenous programming and initiatives.

The Director, First Nations House of Learning works closely with Faculties and support units at UBC Vancouver to advance the development and implementation of policies, academic programs, research and other initiatives that address the needs and aspirations of Indigenous learners and advance the priorities of Indigenous education.

See full details of the joint position, and how to apply.

Review of all applications will begin April 10, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

UBC-V: Attend Hot Lunch with Gail Murphy, Apr. 25

March 19, 2018 @11:19 am

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 April 25. 

The February lunch features Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

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.


UBC-O: Sharing our campus story

March 19, 2018 @11:14 am

A message from Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

Recently you may have noticed a fresh new face on ok.ubc.ca.

The campus website is our face to the world and one of the first places students, faculty, staff and community partners look when they are considering UBC Okanagan. The website now features what our audiences have told us is important to them, such as clear paths to information on academic programs and ways to engage. This thinking guided the redesign of our website and we’re now ready to reach out to new audiences to share our campus story.

After extensive consultation and input, we are set to embark on a new campaign to spotlight the unique UBC experience here in the Okanagan. Our message? UBC’s Okanagan campus welcomes and celebrates people who are driven by purpose and who thrive in an innovative and supportive community that empowers them to make an impact.

A considerable amount of homework has been done to ensure we highlight the attributes that excite people about UBC Okanagan and set us apart from the crowd. You can see a new video and read some of the initial stories that we will be communicating at ok.ubc.ca/okanagan-stories.

You can help raise awareness of the extraordinary learning opportunities, research and innovation happening here by sharing our campus video and stories with your networks using Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter.

If you would like to share your story or have suggestions or questions, please feel free to reach out to the University Relations team at university.relations@ubc.ca.