UBC Orientations and Opportunities to Volunteer

To: All Faculty and Staff at UBC’s Vancouver campus

Dear Colleagues,

As we prepare for a new academic year, orientation activities are already underway to welcome new and returning students to campus.

Jump Start is a transition program for over 700 of our first year international and Aboriginal students. The program began on August 16th and supports students with their academic, social and cultural transition to UBC and Canada.

On Tuesday, September 4th, over 7,500 new undergraduate students will join our community during Imagine UBC, a one-day orientation and transition program. Faculty specific programming will welcome back all returning students. Imagine UBC replaces all undergraduate classes on September 4th, with the exception of those that begin at or after 5:00 p.m. and meet only once per week.

Faculty and staff play an important role in welcoming incoming students and creating a memorable orientation experience. I invite you to volunteer and be part of Imagine UBC. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and other Orientation activities please visit: http://www.involvement.ubc.ca/orientations-2012/

I would also like to highlight some other key initiatives that welcome and orient the newest members of the UBC community, including:

– International Welcome, an orientation for exchange, Tec de Monterrey, Korea University, transfer and visiting international students, to help orient them to the specific resources and services we have on campus to meet their unique needs;

– UBCevents, a website where all students can access their personalized Orientations schedule, get information on the events planned for the day, as well as post comments and questions;

– Ask Me campaign, an initiative to help all faculty and staff accurately answer student questions during the first weeks of the term;

– Parent Orientations, a series of information sessions designed for parents of international, residence, and commuter students.

Thank you for your commitment to students and their families as we welcome them to our UBC community.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students