Your bi-weekly roundup of what’s new and what’s happening at UBC for faculty and staff.
It’s UBC Thrive week
Get involved in this week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health and find new resources for your wellbeing. Learn more.
Participate in the 2017 UBC Workplace Experiences Survey, Nov. 1
Tomorrow, you’ll receive a broadcast email inviting you to share your feedback on your experiences as faculty and staff of UBC. Learn more below about the value of engagement, in an interview with Darren Dahl from the Sauder School of Business.
New from Professor Ono’s blog: Building a better Canada
In his latest blog post, Professor Santa Ono highlights UBC’s upcoming celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada. Read the full post.
Know where to get the latest campus safety updates
With earlier sunsets and the end of daylight savings on Nov. 5, it’s a good time to think about safety while on campus. Stay informed about the latest campus safety alerts and updates. Learn more.
Free flu shots now available on campus
If you’re contemplating getting a flu shot this year, UBC’s annual flu shot clinics are now open and offering free vaccinations in Vancouver and the Okanagan.
UBC-V: Volunteer for fall graduation ceremonies
Become a volunteer at the Vancouver fall graduation ceremonies Nov. 22-24. Get involved in this special occasion honouring students’ achievements. Learn more.
UBC-V: Call for proposals for Teaching with Technology Showcase
The Learning Technology Hub will host UBC’s Teaching with Technology Showcase on Dec 7. If you’re using technology to advance your teaching and enrich student learning, submit your showcase proposal by Nov. 15. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this interactive event.
Special ‘Healthy Workplace Initiatives’ funding available
If you’re interested in promoting wellbeing in your department or unit, the Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is offering a special one-time round of HWIP funding in support of mental health initiatives. Learn more and apply online by Dec. 1.
UBC-V: Participate in the UBC Transportation Survey
Help guide future transportation planning at UBC, and share your insights into what efforts need to be made to support more sustainable travel to and from the Point Grey campus. Complete the transportation survey by Nov. 10.
Vote in the Faculty Pension Plan Board of Trustees election by Nov. 17
Faculty are encouraged to vote for two plan members to serve as trustees on the UBC Faculty Pension Plan board. Your vote is important in determining who will represent the interests of plan members. Read candidate statements and vote online.
Darren Dahl, Senior Associate Dean of Faculties and Director of the Graduate School at the Sauder School of Business, shares his perspective on why workplace engagement matters to research, learning and the student experience. Read more.
Fighting the good fight
When it comes to conflict, most people try to avoid it. But Aftab Erfan, UBC’s first Director of Dialogue and Conflict Engagement in the Equity & Inclusion Office, views it as an opportunity for growth and change. Read more.
Resource spotlight: Assisting students in distress
Now that we are well into the first term, students may be feeling overwhelmed with course work and the demands of student life. This online guide helps you know what to look for, say, and do when it comes to assisting students who are in distress.