Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | November 4, 2013
Vancouver: The University of British Columbia Remembrance Day ceremony at the Point Grey campus will be held Nov. 11 in the War Memorial Gym. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. and will last for approximately one hour. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. All are welcome to attend. More information is available at the Vancouver Ceremonies page.
Okanagan: UBC Okanagan’s Remembrance Day ceremony will be Thursday, Nov. 7, starting at 10:45 a.m. in the campus courtyard. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony in the Arts Building Foyer. For more information, view the Okanagan Ceremonies page.
Remembrance Day (Nov. 11) is a statutory holiday at UBC. See the full list of UBC’s statutory holidays.
Filed under: Events, University of British Columbia | Tags: ceremonies, Remembrance Day, stat holidays
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | November 1, 2013
UBC HR and CTLT are pleased to announce a five-month pilot of lynda.com resources at UBC. Visit http://lynda.ubc.ca/ for more information and to register.
Filed under: Organizational Development and Learning, Professional Development, Spotlight, University of British Columbia | Tags: flexible learning
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | September 18, 2013
Recognizing the achievements and contributions of staff to UBC, 16 staff members have received the 2013 President’s Service Awards for Excellence, and President’s Staff Awards. Read more at the Focus on People website.
Filed under: Focus on People, Spotlight | Tags: awards, office of the president
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | September 18, 2013
All great achievements are the product of commitment. Learn more about UBC’s nine commitments by visiting the university’s Place and Promise Plan, reviewing the full annual report for progress and metrics, and exploring the stories below to see how students, faculty, staff, and alumni are bringing the commitments to life.
Filed under: Spotlight, University of British Columbia
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | September 17, 2013
In the Focus on People Annual Report 2012, we share video stories that highlight some of our strategic initiatives and how these efforts make a difference to faculty and staff on our campuses. Through the Focus on People framework, UBC is committed to pursuing strategic initiatives that foster a healthy, inspiring work environment marked by collegiality, respect and inclusivity.
Filed under: Focus on People, UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver | Tags: annual report, focus on people
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | September 3, 2013
We are now accepting applications for the 2014 Leave for Change volunteer program. The deadline for applications is Sept. 26, 2013.
Every year, UBC sends six staff members abroad on the Leave for Change program, to volunteer in developing countries, sharing their knowledge and skills with others in an international setting. Together with international volunteer agency Uniterra, UBC works to provide successful applicants with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Volunteer positions are diverse and range from technology training to youth leadership. Placements are offered in Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi, Nepal, Vietnam and more.
Visit our website to learn about eligibility and application process, program deadlines, and important information for applicants, as well as checking out the online diaries of past Leave for Change participants. Please note that this year, Leave for Change participants must have completed their placements by March 31, 2014.
To learn more about the program and to download the application form, visit http://www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/leave-for-change/.
(Please note that this program is not open to faculty)
Filed under: Events, Focus on People, Staff, UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver | Tags: leave for change
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | August 23, 2013
UBC will be performing PeopleSoft maintenance on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. During the outage, access to Enterprise PeopleSoft Portal, FMS, FMS nQuery, HRMS Live, HRMS Self-Serve, and HRMS Reporting will not be available.
The external jobs posting board will be accessible; however, employees will not be able to log in to Self-Service to apply for internal positions during the period of the outage.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact HR Communications.
Filed under: Events, Human Resources
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | May 30, 2013
UBC moves to implement a new model that will dramatically strengthen the University’s commitment to equity and inclusion. Visit equity.ubc.ca for full details.
Filed under: UBC Okanagan, University of British Columbia | Tags: Equity Office
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | May 23, 2013
Bike to Work Week begins Monday, May 27, 2013, and is a great opportunity to commute with other cyclists, spend time outside and be active, at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses!
This year, there is a skills training workshop, activities across Vancouver and Kelowna, and a commuter station at UBC’s Vancouver campus where you can get a free bike tune-up, snacks, and enter to win great prizes, including a new bike.
Reasons to register and bike to work:
- Get healthy
- See how much CO2 you save
- Be energized for work
- Win prizes!
Make your commute count – the kilometers you log will be added to the UBC total. UBC has won the most kilometers cycled for the 1,000+ employee category for the past three years (Spring & Fall) – so please sign-up and log your commutes so we can keep the streak alive!
How to register:
- Go to www.biketoworkmetrovan.ca and sign up for free.
- Enter your user information, then: Join our Organization: (University of British Columbia), and Join a team.
- Map your route. Note the new capability to have a multi-leg trip (like biking to the Skytrain and again on the other side).
- Log your route every day you ride. This will track your kms, GHGs, and calories, and increase your chances of winning fabulous prizes. It also helps HUB (the sponsor of B2WW) understand where people are cycling so they can encourage more cycling safety and infrastructure in the region.
- If you’re at the Vancouver campus, stop by the UBC commuter station on Wed., May 29, between 4-6pm at Agronomy and Wesbrook Mall, for drinks, bike mechanics, demos, prizes, and smiles!
- If you’re at the Okanagan campus, join the other participants at the Wind Up lunch on May 31 in the Courtyard!
Filed under: Events, Health and Well-Being, Staff and Faculty, UBC Vancouver | Tags: bike to work week
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | April 22, 2013
UBC has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2013, for the second year in a row.
UBC’s many sustainability oriented initiatives include the Sustainability Coordinators Program, Sustainability in Rez, the “100-mile dinners” program, and, more broadly, UBC’s commitment to aggressive greenhouse gas emission reductions and the continued development of new facilities that meet or exceed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.
The Sustainability Coordinators Program provides staff with the support, awareness, skills and tools needed to champion sustainability in their departments. Over 150 Sustainability Coordinators inspire their colleagues to make changes in energy use, food conservation, waste management and recycling, and in choosing sustainable office supplies.
UBC staff and students find creative ways to champion sustainability
Photo: Ann Campbell
Other UBC green initiatives include:
- a “Green Research Program” that provides training and guidance to staff, faculty and student employees working in labs.
- the “Shut the Sash” education campaign (with BC Hydro and FortisBC) to encourage scientific researchers to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by closing laboratory fume hoods when not in use.
- participation in BC Hydro’s Continuous Optimization program to improve energy efficiency in seventy-two of its buildings, with the university on target to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent (compared to 2007 levels) by 2015.
- the “Sustainability Ambassadors Peer Program” for undergraduate students wishing to organize, promote and deliver sustainability education programming for UBC students.
- a “Social Ecological Economic Development Studies” program that aims to implement employee-inspired projects that are designed to make the university more sustainable.
- the new “Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility” that uses clean wood chippings and sawmill residues to generate up to two megawatts of energy for its Vancouver campus, producing enough electricity to power 1,500 homes as well as reducing the university’s natural gas consumption by 12 percent.
Visit the UBC Sustainability site for full information on UBC’s sustainability initiatives, or visit the Mediacorp site for more information on this award.
Filed under: Recognition | Tags: sustainability, top employer