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July 29
UBC 2015 Staff Welcome Back BBQ - Sept 16

The 13th Annual Staff Welcome Back BBQ for UBC staff (Vancouver) is on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Flag Pole Plaza.   

Hosted by the President’s Office and Human Resources, and produced by Ceremonies & Events, this event welcomes staff to the new academic year and is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a complimentary BBQ lunch, live entertainment by UBC School of Music, information booths, and the camaraderie of your staff colleagues. 

If you haven't registered yet, please RSVP to Karminie at fomdo.reception@ubc.ca by 4:00pm, Wednesday, July 29, 2015.


July 27
Community of Practice: Advanced WordPress Features & Functionality Part 2: September 17

The next Community of Practice WordPress workshop is held on Thursday, September 17 from 10:00 - 11:30am at 1C13 Detwiller Pavilion. The topic will be on Advanced WordPress Features & Functionality: Part 2.  

You can register for the Community of Practice WordPress workshop here

July 27
WordPress Training: September 16

The Faculty of Medicine offers training sessions to learn how to use UBC’s hosted WordPress service – an easy to use website content management system which is free for UBC units.

The next training session will be held on Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Multipurpose Lab on the first floor of the Life Sciences Centre.

To register for the WordPress training session, click here.​

July 22
Read the Connected by Commitment: UBC 2014-15 Annual Report

UBC releases the the 2014-2015 Annual Report. See how UBC has made progress on the nine commitments in the university's Strategic Plan - Place and Promise.

​The interactive annual report features stories, an interactive detailed timeline of major milestones, a financial summary infographic, and customizable/printable options to create and share interest versions of the report.

July 13
Read the latest Medicine Magazine Summer 2015 issue
July 07
Water restrictions and fire ban in effect on Vancouver campus

The following message is sent on behalf of Ron Holton, Chief Risk Office and David Woodson, Managing Director, Energy and Water Services  – for the attention of all on the Vancouver campus.  


This message is to inform you that continued record dry and unseasonably hot weather in May and June has led Metro Vancouver to issue Stage 2 water restrictions and an EXTREME fire rating for Pacific Spirit Regional Park and the lower mainland, both of which apply to the Vancouver campus.  We anticipate these restrictions will continue, and may become more strict, for the rest of the summer. 

An extreme fire rating means:

  • no burn permits will be issued until further notice
  • all burn permits already issued are suspended until further notice
  • campfires and briquette barbeques are prohibited
  • use of propane barbeques and gas stoves is permitted in approved facilities under direct supervision
  • fire safety practices are in place for all UBC landscaping crews
  • the public is asked to be aware of spark and ignition sources; smokers should carefully dispose of butts and ashes in non-flammable locations 

And as of Monday July 6, UBC Vancouver has changed its water use practices, in compliance with Stage 2 restrictions:

  • water ponds and fountains will be taken off the potable water feed and drained, where required, to protect the asset from damage due to algae growth
  • lawn and garden bed watering will occur once per week where half the campus grounds will be watered on Tuesday and half of Wednesday, newly planted area are exempted from the restrictions and will be watered more frequently
  • window washing will be discontinued
  • power washing will be discontinued 

You can learn more about the new water regulations or other tips to help you save water around campus and in your home on the Metro Vancouver site here. 

For questions regarding water use practices, please contact David Woodson, Managing Director, Energy and Water Services.

For questions regarding fire restrictions, please contact Ron Holton, Chief Risk Officer. 

July 03
Transportation and Transit Referendum Results

To: All Students, Faculty and Staff on the Vancouver Campus

The results of the transit referendum have been announced:

38.32% Yes

61.68% No

Though I am personally disappointed with the outcome, Metro Vancouver residents have spoken and we need to respect the outcome. However, this is not the end of our efforts to ensure that our partners come together to improve transit for all Lower Mainland residents, including extending rail rapid transit to our Vancouver campus. UBC intends to work proactively with the Musqueam First Nation, City of Vancouver, TransLink, the Province, Metro Vancouver, and other key stakeholders to bring forward a bold vision that heeds the concerns that voters have expressed but also delivers the improved service that our region critically needs, including more buses in the short term and rapid transit in the longer term.

Improved transportation is as much about bringing UBC closer to the community as it is about bringing faculty, students, staff and other members of our campus community to UBC. We want to improve connections between UBC and Metro Vancouver to facilitate the exchange of ideas, collaboration and innovation – in science, engineering, medicine, arts and business. With a growing community of nearly 50,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff and 10,000 residents, UBC is one of the largest single destinations in Metro Vancouver. Right now, the lack of transportation options is a barrier to people accessing the opportunities that UBC has to offer – academic, cultural, athletic, research and economic.

Regardless of how you voted, I want to thank you, our faculty, staff and students, for participating in this important plebiscite. You have shown with your actions that UBC truly is a place of engagement.

Yours truly,

Arvind Gupta
President and Vice-Chancellor 

July 03
Upcoming Wellness and Activities Offerings

UBC Weight Watchers Summer 2015 Series

Join Weight Watchers@ Work Every Tuesday @ 12-1pm UBC Bookstore, Upstairs, Staff Only area. For more information and pricing contact Megan Campbell @ 604-822-6909 megan.campbell@ubc.ca.

Hot Box Yoga – Wesbrook Village-5 classes for $39

Located in Wesbrook Village Hot Box Yoga is a modern yoga and wellness environment offering affordable prices and accessible yoga for everybody. They are currently offering a special 5 Flow Offer – 5 Classes for $39. Click here for more information or email chris@thehotboxyoga.com   

UBC Farm - Upcoming Volunteer Orientation : July 14th, 2:30pm to 3:30pm

If you are interested in volunteering at The UBC Farm, come out to their volunteer orientation and learn about the various programs that take place on the farm and learn about farm safety and protocol.   

Free Workshop - Launch Into Lynda.com: 12:00-Aug. 19th 1:00pm @Diamond Health Care Centre    

Are you interested in learning Photoshop, how to edit a video with iMovie; or are you simply interested in creating awesome presentations? Then you may be interested to know that UBC employees have FREE access to lynda.com, a leading online learning resource that helps anyone learn software, technology; and creative and workplace business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Want to know more, then join Stephanie Thorpe and Cathy Faulconer from UBCs Organizational Development and Learning (ODL) unit in this workshop and discover how lynda.com's features and online tutorials can support your ongoing learning goals.   

June 30
Leadership Opportunities & Searches
June 30
Appointment Announcements

Faculty of Medicine Appointments

  • Bob Bluman appointed Acting Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development, effective August 1, 2015.

  • Carol Ann Courneya reappointed Assistant Dean, MD Undergraduate Student Affairs, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program, effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.

  • Bruce Forster reappointed Head, Department of Radiology, effective July 1, 2015.

  • Daniel Goldowitz extended Interim Director, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, effective July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015.

  • Jennifer Golinski appointed Senior Director, Education Program & Services, effective September 1, 2015.

  • Leigh Hunsinger-Chang reappointed Assistant Dean, MD Undergraduate Student Affairs, Northern Medical Program, effective July 1, 2015.

  • Geoffrey Payne reappointed Assistant Dean, Northern Medical Program, effective July 1, 2015.

  • Melanie Reed appointed Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Southern Medical Program (SMP), MD Undergraduate Program, effective June 1, 2015.

  • Christina Roston reappointed Assistant Dean, MD Undergraduate Student Affairs, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program, effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.

  • Ian Scott appointed Director, Centre for Health Education Scholarship, effective September 1, 2015. Dr. Kevin Eva appointed Acting Director, CHES from July 1-September 1, 2015.

  • Kiran Veerapen appointed Assistant Dean, Faculty Development, effective July 15, 2015. Katherine Wisener was appointed Interim Director, Faculty Development, effective June 1, 2015 during the search process.

  • Derek Wilson appointed Interim Director, Evaluation Studies Unit, effective July 1, 2015.

  • Adrian Yee extended as Assistant Dean, Island Medical Program to August 31, 2015.  

Administrative Appointment  

  • Charlyn Black appointed Associate Director, School of Population and Public Health, effective July 1, 2015.

UBC Appointments

  • Leslie Dickson appointed Associate Director, Public Affairs, effective July 6, 2015.

  • Gastón Gordillo appointed Director, pro tem, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS), effective July 1, 2015.

  • John Metras appointed as Interim Associate, Vice-President for Resources and Operations, effective July 1, 2015.

  • Ingrid Parent reappointed University Librarian, effective July 1, 2015.  

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