To: All Faculty and Staff at UBC’s Vancouver campus
On Tuesday, September 2, UBC will welcome our new and returning UBC undergraduate students to campus. Over 7,500 new undergraduate students will join our community during Imagine UBC, a one-day orientation linked to transition programming that continues throughout first year.
Prior to September 2, several thousand students will arrive on campus to start their UBC experience. The first to join us on August 12 and 13 will be over 1,300 international and Aboriginal students, as well as approximately 200 Vantage College students, to participate in Jump Start. Jump Start supports students with their academic, social and cultural transition to UBC. On August 30, Student Housing and Hospitality Services will welcome a further 4,000 students to UBC residences.
We are also expecting over 800 graduate students to attend graduate student orientation events taking place from late August through early September (http://orientation.grad.ubc.ca/schedules/august-2014/)
All faculty and staff play an important role in welcoming incoming students and creating a memorable orientation experience. You can get involved by:
– Being aware of the various activities on campus so you can serve as a resource to students (http://students.ubc.ca/campus/get-oriented/attend-orientation).
– Participating in campus and Faculty orientation events (http://events.ubc.ca).
– Volunteering for Imagine UBC or residence move-in. To learn about volunteer opportunities in August and on September 2, visit: http://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/ubc-orientations.
This year, all 1,400 student leaders involved in orienting new-to-UBC undergraduate students will make a commitment to building respectful and inclusive communities by participating in a newly designed online and face-to-face training program.
And finally – save the date for Homecoming Weekend, which is on September 12-13 and will feature the 2nd annual Great Thunderbird Trek, a street party and an exciting football game at the legendary UBC Thunderbird Stadium. All UBC students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend.
For more information on what is available to support students at UBC, visit http://students.ubc.ca.
Thank you for your effort to make UBC a welcoming community for our students.
Janet Teasdale, Managing Director, Student Development and Services
Janice Robinson, Director Residence Life and Administration, Student Housing and Hospitality Services