Community Stories

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Peering into the classroom

Find out why John Vigna, Fiction Instructor and Pedagogy Chair of UBC’s Creative Writing Program, invited faculty from across disciplines to sit in on his large lecture classes and provide formative peer reviews of his teaching.

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Back to the Future: How UBC Okanagan charted a bold new path

In 14 short years, UBC Okanagan has gone from a small satellite campus of 3,500 students to a thriving, research-driven campus of almost 11,000. And it’s charting a path to the future with an ambitious visioning document, Outlook 2040, that imagines UBCO two decades from today.

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How a souped-up delivery truck is transforming lives

Some people start charities because they’ve been personally affected by an issue, or because they can see a need that isn’t being met. But for Natalie Fallis, Manager of Applicants Services in UBC Enrolment Services, it all started with a truck.

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30-Second Bio: Megan Lochhead

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Name: Megan Lochhead

Title: Manager Curriculum & Academic Programs

Department/Unit: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Location: Okanagan

Year I started working at UBC: 2012

10 words or less to describe what I do at UBC: I assist the Faculty in creating, evaluating and revising their curriculum and programs.

The best thing about my work/role at UBC: I love being on campus and engaged in/with the events, learning opportunities and people who work and study here.

My favourite place to spend my lunch hour: Walking the loop around campus or out on the trails getting some fresh air and catching up with a colleague.

My top UBC tip for my colleagues, or for someone beginning their UBC journey: If you are in the Okanagan hit me up! I'd love to get to know you and show you around. In general I would say get to know your colleagues. Everyone is so nice and eager to help, so if you need something just ask.



30-Second Bio: Emily Murphy

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Name: Emily Murphy

Title: Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities

Department/Unit: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Location: Okanagan

Year I started working at UBC: 2018

10 words or less to describe what I do at UBC: I research technology and cultural memory and teach in the Bachelor of Media Studies.

The best thing about my work/role at UBC: I have lots of freedom to let my research take me in new and exciting directions.

My favourite place to spend my lunch hour: The crêpe truck on Tuesdays!

My top UBC tip for my colleagues, or for someone beginning their UBC journey: It's a young university with lots of new people all the time, so seek out other new people! There's so much opportunity here for collaboration and to create new and interesting things in research and teaching.



30-Second Bio: Priya Bala-Miller

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Name: Priya Bala-Miller

Title: Director - Partnerships & Program Development

Department/Unit: CIRDI - School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Location: Vancouver

Year I started working at UBC: 2017

10 words or less to describe what I do at UBC: Advance sustainable natural resource governance through trans-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder, global partnerships.

The best thing about my work/role at UBC: I feel deeply connected and committed to UBC's values around sustainability and global citizenship. My role leverages UBC-grown knowledge to realize a future where people & planet are at the heart of resource development. Having 3 degrees from UBC, I love having a personal 20-year historical perspective on UBC's evolution inform my view of what the social role of UBC will be in the next 100 years!

My favourite place to spend my lunch hour: Nitobe Garden

My top UBC tip for my colleagues, or for someone beginning their UBC journey: 1. Stay open and curious. UBC's best treasures - social trust or uncomfortable truths that spark radical ideas emerge in everyday interactions within the UBC community. Link to community in a way you are most comfortable, options are endless.
3. Connect to purpose. Reflect on how your personal values link to UBC's values. This can help avoid that feeling of being a cog in a vast UBC machine.