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May 29
Call for applications - UBC 2015/16 Community Leadership Program

Professional development opportunity - open to all UBC staff

The UBC Community Leadership Program is an opportunity to explore what leadership means to you and build your skills while giving back to your community. Through the program, you will:

  • Grow your leadership capabilities
  • Gain team leadership and management experience using a strengths-based approach
  • Mentor UBC students and engage with your community

Come to an information session to learn more. Staff from all disciplines and employee groups, including graduate students, are welcome. Visit the website at clp.ubc.ca.

Is this opportunity for me? Do you have:

  • interest in engaging project group members in planning
  • a desire to gain experience in dealing with uncertainty and changing environments
  • a desire to learn about and challenge their views on leadership and community issues
  • interest in working collaboratively with schools or community organizations
  • interest in the difference between guiding and directing teams
May 29
Appointment Announcements

Faculty of Medicine Appointments

  • Christie Newton appointed Director, Interprofessional Education, effective May 1, 2015.
  • Gary Redekop appointed Head pro tem, Department of Surgery, effective May 1, 2015.


May 29
Leadership Opportunities & Searches
May 28
Read May's Staff Spotlights

Did you miss this month's staff members who were featured in our Staff Spotlight? You can catch up on their stories here. Each week, get to know a different staff member from across the province.

In May, we featured the following staff members:

  • Sylvia Lim, Project Manager, MedIT, DHCC.

  • Lisa Slater, Development Officer, Dean's Office, Point Grey.

  • Candace Carter, Manager, Pancreas Centre BC; Research Pavilion, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, VGH.  

  • Satoshi Iura, Office Manager, Dean's Office, Point Grey.  

If you are you interested in being profiled as part of the staff spotlight series or would like to nominate a colleague, email us at communications.med@ubc.ca.

May 22
MDUP Curriculum Leadership Changes

Sent on behalf of Dr. David Snadden, Executive Associate Dean, Education and Dr. Paul Winwood, Chair, MD Undergraduate Regional Executive, Faculty of Medicine.    

Further to our recent announcement that Dr. Sandra Jarvis Selinger, Director of Curriculum, is making an exciting career move to become Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, we have reviewed the curriculum leadership positions for the MD undergraduate program (MDUP).

In line with changes in curriculum governance for the renewed curriculum and to maintain continuity, we have modified the Assistant Dean, Clinical Education position, currently held by Dr. Adam Peets, to provide overall leadership for the curriculum. This revised position will be known as Assistant Dean, Curriculum and will be supported by three new positions:

The Associate Director, Renewed Curriculum, Years 1 and 2, will lead the implementation and operation of the renewed curriculum, which starts for the incoming Year 1 class in September 2015.

In order to ensure that the quality of education in the current curriculum for Years 1 and 2 is maintained, there will also be an Interim Associate Director of Curriculum Years 1 and 2 (expected to be filled internally), until June 2016 when the existing Year 1 and 2 curriculum will end.

The Associate Director, Curriculum, Years 3 and 4 will provide leadership for the current curriculum and the implementation of the renewed curriculum for the clinical years of the MD undergraduate program.  

These positions have been created from existing resources through the amalgamation of existing positions and are now posted on the Faculty’s website. Applications for these exciting opportunities are invited from faculty members who have leadership experience as well as a strong interest and expertise in medical education. 

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Dr. Jarvis-Selinger for her outstanding leadership, commitment and expertise in taking forward the final phase of developing and implementing the renewed curriculum. Her recruitment and promotion to her new position is a strong endorsement of her work and leadership in the MDUP.


Dr. David Snadden
Executive Associate Dean, Education | Faculty of Medicine 

Dr. Paul Winwood
Chair, MD Undergraduate Regional Executive | Faculty of Medicine 

May 21
UBC-V: Participate in the ‘Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge’

​HR is inviting all faculty and staff in Vancouver to participate in thePick Your Peak Stair Challenge. As well as boost your cardiovascular health, build muscle and strengthen the core, participating will give you the chance to win a host of prizes.

How it works

  1. Register for the challenge by May 20

  2. Receive your Pick Your Peak registration package

  3. Select the peak that you are striving to climb

  4. Log your daily flights of stairs

  5. Log your weekly totals on the team tracking sheet

  6. Submit all totals to colin.hearne@ubc.ca by June 19

Find stairs near you 

  • Wreck beach (trail 6 stairs)

  • Henry Angus building (4 flights accessible)

  • Rose Garden Stairs (2 flights Marine Drive to flag pole plaza)

  • Koerner Library (5 flights accessible)

  • Irving K Library (3 flights accessible)

  • Forestry sciences building (2 floors accessible)

  • CIRS (2 flights accessible *bonus a nice view of the rooftop garden)

  • UBC parkades (multiple flights accessible)

  • Scarfe Building (3 flights accessible)

  • Student Rec Centre (2 flights accessible)

  • West Mall Swing Space (4 flights accessible)

  • Buchannan Tower (11 flights accessible)

  • At VGH: Diamond Health Care Centre (12 flights accessible)

  • Downtown: Robson Square Campus (inside and outside stairs accessible)

May 21
UBC-V Staff: You're Invited to Hot Lunch on May 27

Are you looking for an opportunity to connect with other staff on campus? You’re invited to attend Hot Lunch on May 27, a cross-campus staff networking initiative hosted by St. John’s College, to enjoy cuisines from around the world and meet with your colleagues from across the University.

This monthly meeting features a short presentation from a member of UBC’s leadership team. The next Hot Lunch welcomes Andrew Parr, Managing Director, Student Housing and Hospitality Services. Tickets cost $10. Learn more and sign up.

May 21
Participate in Bike to Work Week

​Participate in Bike to Work Week, May 25-29

Bike to Work week is a great way to get healthy, active and energized at work, and reduce your carbon footprint. Participating in Bike to Work Week is free, quick and easy:

  1. Choose your workplace – “University of British Columbia-UBC” – then join a team or create your own. Check out the best UBC teams in 2014 here.
  2. Map your route to work.
  3. Log your route with HUB each day you ride.
May 15
Call for Applications: Faculty of Medicine Internal CFI JELF Competition

​The Faculty of Medicine has launched an internal Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Funds Competition to distribute CFI funds. Successful applicants will go forward to the UBC internal review for the CFI national October 2015 round.  

Full competition details are available on the FoM Internal CFI JELF Competition webpage.  

The application deadline for this FoM internal competition is July 6, 2015, 9:00am PDT.

Please direct any questions to fom.cfi@ubc.ca.

May 14
Advanced WordPress Features & Functionality Workshop - June 10

Adding functionality to a WordPress website

Do you manage or contribute to a WordPress website? Are you looking to add new features and functionality to your website? Join our next Digital Communications Community of Practice on Wednesday, June 10 to learn more about advanced WordPress features and functionality including profiles, forms, tables, events, and UBC CLF styles. Details and registration are available on the FoM WordPress CMS website.

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