Participate in UBC Thrive: Oct. 31–Nov. 4

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver

You’re invited to participate in UBC’s eighth annual Thrive week, October 31 to November 4.

Thrive is a week dedicated to building and celebrating the positive mental health of UBC faculty, staff, and students.

Visit thrive.ubc.ca to check out over 50 activities and events on campus. Events focus on workplace mental health, stress management and relaxation, respectful workplaces, sexual assault awareness, building resilience, and engaging in healthy physical and nutritional habits.

If you’re unable to attend an event, participate virtually in the #Thrive365 Photo Challenge by sharing the ways you thrive every day: thrive.ubc.ca/join-the-thrive365-photo-challenge/

Thrive offers tools, tips, and resources to help you achieve your wellbeing goals, whether incorporating new skills and actions into your daily life, conquering areas that challenge you, or learning how to assist others.

Thrive is also an important part of a university-wide priority to enhance the wellbeing of our campus communities. Join Professor Santa Ono at the Vancouver Thrive Kick-Off event on October 31, where UBC will become one of the first universities in the world to formally commit to university-wide health and wellbeing by signing the Okanagan Charter. For more information, visit wellbeing.ubc.ca.

Lisa Castle
Vice-President, Human Resources

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

Message from Professor Santa Ono – strategic planning update

As you may know, one of my main priorities over the coming year is to work closely with the entire university community to develop a new vision and strategic plan for UBC.

In my previous message on this topic, I indicated that we would be engaging a team with experience in this area, to be selected by an advisory committee comprising faculty, staff, students, and alumni from Vancouver and the Okanagan. I am pleased to report that the advisory committee is in place and that it is in the process of vetting suitable candidates with the goal of selecting the team by the end of October.

In addition to this, I recently held a strategic planning session with members of the UBC Executive to review the main goals of each of their portfolios and discuss and identify university-wide priorities for the year ahead. I also had the opportunity to meet with the Committee of Deans where we reviewed each Faculty’s goals for the coming year. I have asked that every Faculty have an updated strategic plan in place in order to inform our discussions on the new university strategic plan.

If we are to be successful, we will need input from all quarters of our institution and from the broader community. Over the next few months, we will be seeking your views on UBC’s strategic direction, and how you think we can help meet the needs and aspirations of the communities we serve. As a first step, we will send out a survey in the next few weeks to get your initial advice and feedback. We will also publish a timeline and program outlining the various stages of the strategic planning process, including the opportunities for you to provide input.

This is a great opportunity for you to help shape the future of our university and, whatever your role at UBC, I hope you will take part. In the meantime, please feel free to share your views with me at presidents.office@ubc.ca

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Participate in ShakeOut BC: Drop! Cover! Hold on!

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To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Join me and participate in ShakeOut BC. On October 20 at 10:20 a.m., practice “Drop! Cover! Hold on!” in the 2016 Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill.

If you are registered for UBC Alert, you will receive a text message on October 20, announcing the start of ShakeOut BC. UBC Alert is an important part of maintaining safety and security during an emergency on campus. Make sure you register and verify your information on rms.ubc.ca/emergency/personal-emergency-preparedness/.

While UBC continues to upgrade and renew buildings and infrastructure, each of us should actively practice what to do when an earthquake strikes and once the shaking stops. ShakeOut BC is a timely reminder for us to learn the risks, get prepared, and make a plan:

  • Sign up for UBC Alert: rms.ubc.ca/emergency/personal-emergency-preparedness/.
  • Develop an emergency preparedness plan. Understand what to do the moment an earthquake hits. Consider a safe location to contact and reunite with your family and loved ones. This is essential to your state of mind if a disaster hits.
  • Update your emergency supply kit. Assemble basic supplies, as you may need to get by without power or tap water in the event of an earthquake.

We all have a role in making our campuses safe. Be proactive, and learn more about earthquake preparedness at rms.ubc.ca/seismic.

Andrew Simpson
Vice-President, Finance & Operations

Call for nominations for representatives to the Board and Senates

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Throughout this academic year you will be asked to elect faculty and staff representatives to the Board of Governors and the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates for the 2017–2020 triennium.

This email is a call for nominations for three eligible faculty members and two eligible non-faculty staff members to serve on the Board of Governors, twelve eligible Joint Faculties representatives (Faculty Members At-Large) for the Vancouver Senate, and fourteen eligible Joint Faculties representatives for the Okanagan Senate.

Nominations are now open and close at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 31.

Subsequent elections will be held throughout this year for faculty-specific and other positions.

For more information and to download a nomination form, please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/triennial1617

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

Call for nominations for several search committees

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

As you may be aware, the university has embarked on executive searches for several key positions at UBC. Students form a key part of this process, and we are now inviting nominations for student representation on a number of search committees.

There are two nominating processes in place. The first process invites nominations for election by the student body. The second process invites nominations to be considered by the Senate. Please note: they each have their own forms and deadlines. Further details are below:

Process 1 – Nominations for election by the student body

There are places for students in the following categories for the following searches:

  1. President’s Advisory Committee for the selection of the next University Librarian
    a) One student (undergraduate or graduate) from the Okanagan Campus
    b) One student (undergraduate or graduate) from the Vancouver Campus
  2. President’s Advisory Committee for the selection of the next Vice-President, Research and International
    a) One graduate student from the Okanagan Campus
    b) One graduate student from the Vancouver Campus
  3. President’s Advisory Committee for the selection of the next Provost and Vice-President Academic, Vancouver Campus
    a) One graduate student from the Vancouver Campus
    b) One undergraduate student from the Vancouver Campus

If you are interested in being elected to serve on any of the above committees, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca for the required nomination form.

NOTE: A request for a nomination form must specify which of the following elections you wish to run for, as well as your campus and program. A student may run in more than one election at the same time provided they are eligible in that category. Submission of a personal statement of no more than 250 words in support of your candidacy will also be required.

Completed nominations and accompanying statements should be submitted by 4pm on Thursday, October 20th, 2016. For further information, please contact Stephanie.oldford@ubc.ca

Process 2 – Nominations to be considered by Senate

Students are invited to nominate themselves to one of the following search committees:

  1. President’s Advisory Committee for the selection of the next Provost and Vice-President Academic, Vancouver Campus
  2. President’s Advisory Committee for the selection of the next Vice-President, Research and International

The Senate Nominating Committee has already identified representatives to serve on these committees from both elected senators as well as the broader UBC community. The Senate Nominating Committee is now inviting additional nominations of students.

Nominations need to be seconded by at least three (3) students and should be accompanied by a statement (no more than 250 words) explaining the background of the proposed nominee and what their participation would bring to the search committee. Nominations are due by 4 pm on Thursday, 20 October 2016.

To request a nomination form, please contact Christopher Eaton at christopher.eaton@ubc.ca

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Christopher Eaton
Associate Registrar and Acting Secretary to Senate

Stephanie Oldford
Academic Governance Officer

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