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Vote for your faculty representative on the Board of Governors

To: Faculty in Vancouver

 

Elections are now open to fill the vacancy for an elected Vancouver faculty member on the Board of Governors for the remainder of the 2017-2020 triennium.

Polls are open on the university’s WebVote system today, and will close at 4pm on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018.

For voting instructions and candidate information please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2018-board-governors-election-vancouver-faculty-member.

If you have any questions, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


Announcing the resignation of Dr. Louise Cowin

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

 

I am writing to let you know that Dr. Louise Cowin, our Vice-President, Students, has informed me of her intention to resign from her position.

It has been a great pleasure to work with Louise, and I want to express my gratitude, and the gratitude of the entire university, for her exceptional leadership in enhancing the student experience and her strong commitment to creating an inclusive and connected UBC community. Louise will continue in her role until later in the summer.

Louise joined UBC in October 2011 as the Vice-President, Students, and during her tenure the student community has grown and students’ expectations have diversified. Learning takes place across the entire student experience, both within and outside the classroom, and a degree from UBC is rich with disciplinary, personal and professional outcomes.

At each turn, Louise has been strategic in her thinking, strongly principled in her actions and genuine in her partnerships. Very often, Louise has been called on to provide effective and steady leadership in the most challenging of situations.

Working from a place of deep partnership with students, staff, faculty and alumni, Louise and the VPS team have accomplished much during her tenure. This includes increased support for student health and wellbeing, the opening of 3,225 new beds in student housing, the development of a comprehensive university wellbeing promotion strategy and the launch of a 20-year strategy to enhance athletics and recreation facilities.

Furthermore, Louise and her team have increased Thunderbird and community pride through major athletics events, enhanced sport science supports to drive further Thunderbird success, as well as making advancements in student diversity initiatives such as increasing supports for the WUSC Scholars Program, and the development of the Student Diversity Initiative.

Louise has been a strong contributor and voice at the Executive table and at the Board of Governors for students, and student life, here at UBC. Louise served in ways that brought out the best in everyone she worked with. We will all miss her open, respectful and accountable leadership.

An Interim Vice-President, Students, will be announced shortly, as will the process for a search to find our next leader. I am grateful that Louise has agreed to assist with transition in the portfolio over the next few months to ensure that a number of key strategic priorities are well stewarded.

On behalf of the University of British Columbia, I want to thank Louise for her exceptional leadership, and wish her well in all her future endeavours.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Update your UBC wireless connection by May 9

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

As some of you may know, important changes affecting UBC’s wireless (WiFi) connections will be made on May 9, 2018 (UBC Secure, Eduroam, UBC Private). UBC’s current WiFi certificate expires on that date, affecting wireless access for faculty, staff and students at UBC’s campuses and distributed learning sites.

Thank you to those departments who have already updated their WiFi connections ahead of the May 9 deadline. For anyone who has not yet completed this WiFi update, you must download and install the Autoconnect tool on your mobile devices by May 9 to ensure a seamless transition from the existing wireless connection to the new one (with the exception of Android users – see below).

For UBC IT desktop-supported computers and laptops:

Desktop computers and laptops that are managed by UBC IT will be upgraded remotely and no further action is required. However, if you receive a prompt requesting “administrator password”, please connect with your IT support team or the appropriate IT Service Centre.

For iOS/MacOS/Windows OS users:

To run the AutoConnect tool on each of your iOS, MacOS, or Windows OS mobile devices, please visit www.it.ubc.ca/autoconnect.

For Android/Chrome OS users:

To run the AutoConnect tool on your Android device, please visit www.it.ubc.ca/autoconnect on or after May 9. Android devices do not allow for concurrent network set-up. This process takes less than 5 minutes per device to complete and should be done while on campus.

For faculty, staff, and students at hospital sites:

Please note that the faculty, staff, and students at the following locations are encouraged to use Eduroam as their default WiFi connection as UBC Secure will be deactivated at these sites on May 9: Vancouver General Hospital, Diamond Health Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital, B.C. Children’s & Women’s Hospital, and Richmond Hospital.

On-site support:

Beginning May 7, there will be pop-up UBC IT kiosks at several campus locations to provide in-person assistance. Visit www.it.ubc.ca/autoconnect for a confirmed list of campus landmarks and full schedule.

If you have any questions or experience difficulties, please contact the following IT Service Centres:

UBC Vancouver: www.it.ubc.ca/helpdesk | 604.822.2008
UBC Okanagan: https://it.ok.ubc.ca/contact.html | 250.807.9000

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Jennifer Burns
Associate Vice-President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer


Reminder: Nominations invited for a faculty member on the Board of Governors

To: Faculty in Vancouver

Please be reminded that nominations are currently invited for a Vancouver faculty member to join the UBC Board of Governors for the remainder of the 2017–2020 triennium.

The nomination period closes at 4pm on Monday, May 7.

For more information and to download a nomination form, please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/BOG-byelection-2018.

If you have any questions, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


Call for nominations for a faculty representative to the Board of Governors

To: Faculty in Vancouver

As of June 30, UBC will have a vacancy for an elected Vancouver faculty member on the Board of Governors for the remainder of the 2017-2020 triennium.

Any faculty members interested in nominating themselves for this position, are invited to submit their details by May 7. Nominations are open from today, and will close at 4pm on Monday, May 7.

For more information and to download a nomination form, please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/BOG-byelection-2018.

If you have any questions, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


Launching our new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

I am pleased to announce that today the Board of Governors endorsed the launch of UBC’s new strategic plan.

Shaping UBC’s Next Century is the result of thousands of comments and suggestions from all corners of our community.

The plan focuses on three themes that we believe are critical to society: Inclusion, Collaboration and Innovation. It describes the strong connections between these themes and four core areas that define what we do as a public university: People and Places, Research Excellence, Transformative Learning and Local and Global Engagement.

I encourage you to read the plan at https://strategicplan.ubc.ca.

In reading the plan, you will see that it outlines our ambitions through a series of 20 strategies. Recognizing the scale of the task at hand, we have identified four areas that we feel have significant transformational potential:

  • Great people — nurturing our global community of faculty, staff and students. Enhancing inclusion within the UBC community and deepening our engagement with Indigenous partners.
  • Collaborative clusters — interdisciplinary research clusters focusing on problems of societal importance.
  • Innovative pedagogy — enriching experiential learning and research opportunities as ways to master valuable competencies.
  • Thriving campus communities — focusing on the wellbeing of our UBC community, including sustainability and connectivity to our campuses.

We have already begun work in support of these strategies, and I am pleased to announce a development in the area of campus connectivity. In addition to endorsing the strategic plan, the Board of Governors has approved UBC’s advocacy strategy to secure a rapid transit line to the Vancouver campus. You can learn more at https://www.ubc.ca/rapidtransit.

As we celebrate the launch of our new plan, I would like to acknowledge the dedication and effort that went into its creation. Whether you attended an open house, completed a survey, contributed to the steering committee or one of the working groups; or whether you worked ‘behind the scenes’ to bring this process to life — I offer my heartfelt thanks.

Thank you for your support and input during this comprehensive process. I look forward to continuing this journey with you.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Launching our new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century

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

I am pleased to announce that today the Board of Governors endorsed the launch of UBC’s new strategic plan.

Shaping UBC’s Next Century is the result of thousands of comments and suggestions from all corners of our community. It provides a roadmap that we can all work towards — whatever our role.

The plan focuses on three themes that we believe are critical to society: Inclusion, Collaboration and Innovation. It describes the strong connections between these themes and four core areas that define what we do as a public university: People and Places, Research Excellence, Transformative Learning and Local and Global Engagement.

I encourage you to read the plan at https://strategicplan.ubc.ca.

In reading the plan, you will see that it outlines our ambitions through a series of 20 strategies. Recognizing the scale of the task at hand, we have identified four areas that we feel have significant transformational potential:

  • Great people — nurturing our global community of faculty, staff and students. Enhancing inclusion within the UBC community and deepening our engagement with Indigenous partners.
  • Collaborative clusters — interdisciplinary research clusters focusing on problems of societal importance.
  • Innovative pedagogy — enriching experiential learning and research opportunities as ways to master valuable competencies.
  • Thriving campus communities — focusing on the wellbeing of our UBC community, including sustainability and connectivity to our campuses.

We have already begun work in support of these strategies, and I am pleased to announce a development in the area of campus connectivity. In addition to endorsing the strategic plan, the Board of Governors has approved UBC’s advocacy strategy to secure a rapid transit line to the Vancouver campus. You can learn more at https://www.ubc.ca/rapidtransit.

As we celebrate the launch of our new plan, I would like to acknowledge the dedication and effort that went into its creation. Whether you attended an open house, completed a survey, contributed to the steering committee or one of the working groups; or whether you worked ‘behind the scenes’ to bring this process to life — I offer my heartfelt thanks.

Thank you for your support and input during this comprehensive process. I look forward to continuing this journey with you.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Update your UBC wireless connection by May 9

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Important changes are coming to UBC’s wireless connections (UBC Secure, Eduroam, UBC Private) as of May 9, 2018. These changes will affect the ability of all students at UBC’s campuses and distributed learning sites to connect to UBC wireless.

Students must download and install the AutoConnect tool on their mobile devices and tablets by May 9 to ensure a seamless transition from the existing UBC WiFi connection to the new one. Doing so will also ensure that your WiFi connections are updated before the next term.

For iOS/MacOS/Windows OS users:

To run the AutoConnect tool on each of your iOS, MacOS, or Windows OS mobile devices, please visit www.it.ubc.ca/autoconnect-sc. This process takes less than 5 minutes per device to complete and should be done while on campus.

For Android/Chrome OS users:

To run the AutoConnect tool on your Android device, please visit www.it.ubc.ca/autoconnect-sc after May 9. Android devices do not allow for concurrent network set-up. This process takes less than 5 minutes per device to complete and should be done while on campus.

If you have any questions or experience difficulties, please contact the following IT Service Centres:

UBC Vancouver — www.it.ubc.ca/helpdesk | 604.822.2008
UBC Okanagan — https://it.ok.ubc.ca/contact.html | 250.807.9000

Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter during exam period.

Jennifer Burns
Associate Vice-President, Information Technology
Chief Information Officer


Today marks the historic opening of UBC’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

At 10:00am today, UBC will mark the formal opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, on our Vancouver campus.

I hope you will join us in witnessing this historic event — either in person or online. For those wanting to attend in person the details are below:

10:00am

Koerner Plaza
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver campus

The opening ceremony will be outdoors, so please dress appropriately.

If you are not able to attend in person, the event will also be webcast. You can view the event live at https://ceremonies.ubc.ca/irshdc-opening/. Faculty and staff on UBC’s Okanagan campus can also watch the event live (online) at the University Centre Ballroom (UNC200).

The webcast will remain online for those unable to take part — and will be promoted via the faculty and staff newsletter UBC Today.

In addition to the official opening, today’s ceremony will also include a statement of apology — on behalf of UBC — for its role in the system that supported the operation of the Indian residential schools.

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre aims to capture the long trajectory of Indigenous and Canadian relations, and ensure that the history of Canada’s Indian residential schools will never be forgotten.

As members of the UBC community, I hope you will take the time to pause and reflect with us today.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


UBC Life Building now open

To: Students in Vancouver

The new UBC Life Building is now open at 6138 Student Union Boulevard (right beside the AMS Nest). The accessible and centrally located building has additional study space, food outlets, and is the new home of four important student programs and services.

1. The ARC (Activities & Recreation Centre)

The ARC is an expansion of the existing fitness facilities on campus, giving you more options for a balanced, physically active life at UBC. This new space includes state-of-the-art cardio machines, strength training equipment, and dedicated areas for circuit training and functional exercises.

To learn more about the ARC, visit: http://www.recreation.ubc.ca/the-arc/

2. Go Global

Go Global offers international learning programs for UBC students, including Exchange, Summer Study, Research Abroad, and Global Seminars. Connect with Go Global to find out how you can add a new perspective to your degree with an international experience.

To learn more about Go Global, visit: https://students.ubc.ca/career/international-experiences

3. The Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre is your starting place for a healthier student life. The Centre is staffed by trained Wellness Peer educators who can help you navigate health and wellness resources on campus. You can visit the Centre to get peer-to-peer tips for healthy living, buy safer sex products, connect with the ‘Nurse on Campus’ program, and much more.

To learn more about the Wellness Centre, visit: https://students.ubc.ca/health-wellness/wellness-centre

4. International Student Advising

International Student Advising supports international and refugee students at UBC. Connect with International Student Advisors or Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) for information about a range of topics from immigration and health insurance to life and cultural transitions.

To learn more about the resources that support international students, visit: https://students.ubc.ca/international-student-guide

For more information about student services at UBC and the most up-to-date hours and locations, please visit: https://students.ubc.ca/

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

Murali Chandrashekaran
Vice-Provost, International



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