2017 President’s Awards for Staff: Call for nominations

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver

UBC’s staff make outstanding contributions to the university community. I invite you to recognize these individuals and their achievements by nominating them for the 2017 President’s Awards for Staff.

Download the nomination package at http://www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/awards/presidents-awards-for-staff/. The nomination deadline is 4 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017.

President’s Service Awards for Excellence

This award is open to all UBC staff with 10 or more years of service. Up to five recipients are selected each year.

The awards are presented during Graduation ceremonies, and each recipient receives a medal and $5,000.

President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver)

Open to all staff in Vancouver with three or more years of service, the President’s Staff Awards recognize contributions in the following categories:

  • Leadership
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Enhancing the UBC Experience (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Community Engagement
  • Emerging Leadership
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (individuals or groups may be nominated)

Up to 12 recipients are selected each year (two per category), and recipients receive $2,000.

Visit http://www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/awards/presidents-awards-for-staff/ for more information.

Recognition at UBC

Awards are one of many ways to recognize people’s contributions at UBC. For other ideas or to share how colleagues are recognized in your department, visit http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca/category/workplace-conversations/.

Please connect with your unit’s communications team, or Human Resources Communications (communications@hr.ubc.ca), for more information.

Thank you,

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Call for nominations: search committee for Vice-Provost, International

In October, Professor Santa Ono indicated the UBC Executive has been exploring how to best situate the institution’s international portfolio within the university. These efforts include the creation of a new senior academic administrative position: the Vice-Provost, International.

For the full message from Professor Ono, visit: http://broadcastemail.ubc.ca/2016/10/26/update-search-process-for-key-strategic-roles/

A search committee is being formed to recommend a candidate for this position, and nominations from faculty and students to serve on this committee are invited by 4pm on February 2, 2017.

The Okanagan and Vancouver Senates will be appointing faculty and students to serve on the search committee on the recommendation of their respective nominating committees.

For more information and to submit a nomination, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/viceprovostinternational

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

January 28 is Data Privacy Day. Help keep your data secure

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

As the use of mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones increases, the need to be aware of the security risks to your data is also heightened.

January 28 is Data Privacy Day, an annual and worldwide effort to empower people to protect their privacy, both online and off. In light of this, I ask you to take a moment to ensure your personal information stays private.

Below are three ways you can protect your data and privacy:

  1. Request encryption for your computer or mobile devices from your local IT support
  2. Take the time to complete the Privacy and Information Security Fundamentals training
  3. Learn how to recognize and report a suspicious email to the UBC information security team

For more information, search “UBC Privacy Matters” online and visit our website.

As Professor Ono outlined in a recent message, at UBC, we have a responsibility to protect the personal information of our students, faculty, and staff as well as any other confidential information we hold on behalf of UBC.

Hubert Lai, Q.C.
University Counsel

Suicide Awareness Day 2017

To: Students in Vancouver

Each year, a number of UBC students, faculty, and staff consider suicide.

Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires the help of everyone in the UBC community.

What you can do:

  • Learn about suicide warning signs, find out how to talk about it, and familiarize yourself with support services and resources at thrive.ubc.ca.
  • Wear orange on Wednesday, January 25, UBC’s Suicide Awareness Day, to show your support for people who have been affected by suicide and those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.
  • If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or are concerned about someone else, reach out and connect with resources such as Mental Health Support (students.ubc.ca/health-wellness/mental-health-support) or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

If you are thinking about suicide yourself, or you hear indications that someone else in the UBC community may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, the most important thing you can do is reach out.

Learn more:
Visit thrive.ubc.ca

Get help now:
Call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students  

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is held each year at UBC in January, and aims to raise awareness and understanding about the issues surrounding sexual assault. Several events have been planned for the month, including Denim Day on Wednesday, January 18. On this day, you can choose to wear denim or a Denim Day sticker to show your support for ending sexual assault on campus.

Learn more about SAAM, the significance of Denim Day, and how to get involved:

Support and resources

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an important opportunity to highlight available support and resources should you need assistance for yourself or someone you know.

If you have been sexually assaulted, support is available on and off-campus. Resources are explained and listed on the following websites:

If a friend or fellow student discloses to you that they have been sexually assaulted, learn how to help:

Sexual assault affects people of all ages, gender identities or gender expressions, racial identities, abilities and sexual orientations. It doesn’t just have an impact on the individual, but on a whole community. I encourage everyone to join the conversation, and to continue to engage in this issue.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

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