By Breeonne Baxter on October 11, 2011
On Oct. 20, at 10:20 a.m., UBC is participating in ShakeOut BC, the largest earthquake drill in Canadian History.
Visit the UBC ShakeOut page to download resources and learning materials for yourself and your co-workers, to educate yourself on what to do in the event of an earthquake.
The recent 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan, 6.3 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand and 6.4 magnitude earthquake in British Columbia serve as reminders that earthquakes can happen anytime. As Vancouver is within a seismically active earthquake zone, an earthquake is inevitable. Even though BC hasn’t experienced a large earthquake along the coast in recent years, small earthquakes happen often. More than 1,200 are recorded each year across the province.
Learn more at http://riskmanagement.ubc.ca/news/shakeout
By Breeonne Baxter on September 19, 2011
Many thanks to all who braved the rain to attend the Welcome Back Staff BBQ on Sept. 15 at the Vancouver campus. It was great to see everyone, and we hope you had a great time.
Congratulations to B. Alexander for winning the 50/50 draw! And a big thank-you to everyone who donated to the United Way at the BBQ.
Now, for some pictures from the event:
By Breeonne Baxter on September 15, 2011
We are now accepting applications for the 2012 Leave for Change volunteer program. The deadline for applications is Oct. 7, 2011.
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 program is not open to faculty)
By Breeonne Baxter on September 14, 2011
Sun Life, UBC’s benefits provider, has launched a new mobile app for iPhone and Blackberry.
With the app, you can
- submit and track medical, dental and vision claims;
- use your smartphone as your drug and travel cards;
- check plan balances; and
- use interactive tools to see how you can increase your savings.
Find out how to download the apps at http://www.sunlife.ca/mobile/.
Want to know more about UBC Benefits? Visit our Benefits site.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 31, 2011
UBC students (who pay AMS fees) are automatically enrolled in the UBC AMS/GSS Student Health Plan. If UBC faculty and staff are taking undergraduate or graduate courses with their tuition waivers, you can opt-out of the Student Health Plan by showing proof of coverage of your UBC Benefits. Similarly, if your dependent children are enrolled at UBC, they may be eligible to opt-out of the student health plan by showing proof of coverage through a parent’s benefits plan.
UBC Faculty or Staff with a child attending UBC
Eligible dependent children (up to the age of 25 and who are in full-time attendance in their program) who are covered under a parent’s UBC Extended Health and Dental Care plans may opt out of the UBC AMS/GSS Student Health plan if they provide confirmation of this coverage. To request a confirmation letter on behalf of your child, staff and faculty need to contact their Benefits Representative in Financial Services (see below). Once received, your dependent can request to opt-out of the plan by visiting www.ihaveaplan.ca.
UBC Faculty or Staff Taking Credit Courses at UBC
Staff and Faculty who are taking undergraduate or graduate courses may opt out of the UBC Student Health Plan. To opt-out of the UBC AMS/GSS Student Health Plan, staff and faculty must provide confirmation of their coverage under the UBC Extended Health Plan. The quickest way is to visit www.sunlife.ca/member and print their Sun Life coverage card. To make a request to opt-out of the plan, visit www.ihaveaplan.ca.
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By Breeonne Baxter on May 6, 2011
Recognizing the contributions of staff members to the UBC community, five staff have been awarded the 2011 President’s Service Award for Excellence. The PSAE acknowledges staff who have made outstanding contributions to UBC, and excel in their personal achievements.
The winners this year are:
- Katherine Beaumont, Director, Go Global
- Carol Mayer, Curator (Oceania & Africa), Museum of Anthropology
- Patricia Mirwaldt, Director, Student Health Services
- Michele Ng, Project Coordinator, Department of Computer Science
- Tangerine Twiss, Executive Assistant, International Office, Office of the Vice President Research & International
For full biographies on the winners, please visit UBC Reports.
To learn more about previous winners of the PSAE, please visit our PSAE Recipients page.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 14, 2011
The three CUPE locals at UBC (CUPE 116, CUPE 2278, CUPE 2950) will host a memorial event that will take place at the CUPE 116 Memorial site between the Chan Centre and Rose Garden. All staff and faculty are invited to partake in the ceremony.
The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. at Flag Pole Plaza, with introductions and speakers to start at 11:15 a.m. The event will conclude with a moment of silence.
Date: April 28, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Flag Pole Plaza
Speakers: Barry O’Neil (CUPE BC), Pierre Ouillet (UBC)
Event Listing at UBC Events
Download the Day of Mourning Poster
By Breeonne Baxter on April 13, 2011
Nominations are now open for the 2011 UBC Vancouver President’s Staff Awards.
The UBC Vancouver President’s Staff Awards recognizes the personal achievements and contributions of staff to UBC and to the vision and goals of the University.
The five categories of President’s Staff awards are:
- Leadership and Creativity
- Enhancing the UBC Experience
- Global Citizenship
- Emerging Leadership (new in 2011)
- Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (new in 2011)
All permanent UBC Vancouver staff with a minimum of three years of continuous service are eligible.
Nominations are accepted until May 31, 2011.
To view the full eligibility criteria, and to download nomination forms, please visit UBC Vancouver President’s Staff Awards at the Focus on People website.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 18, 2011
The purpose of this message is to provide important information for faculty and staff currently in Japan.
Today, the university directed all UBC students currently in Northern Honshu and Tokyo and surrounding areas to return to Canada immediately. This decision was made in light of the extension of Government of Canada travel advisories for Northern Japan, and the uncertainty surrounding nuclear facilities in the region after last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The safety of UBC faculty and staff and their families is of the utmost importance. Given the above developments, UBC is urging all faculty and staff currently in Northern Honshu and Tokyo and surrounding areas, for either business or personal reasons, to use the available information to make the right decision for themselves and their families. Options to consider include leaving Japan, or moving away from the impacted areas.
The following information and resources are available to help impacted faculty and staff in making their decision, and to assist them should they choose to leave Japan:
- Government of Canada Travel Advisories and information to assist Canadians currently in Japan
- UBC Travel Benefits, which includes information on accessing emergency medical services while outside of Canada
- UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). Human Solutions has also provided a document about Coping with the Emotional Aftereffects of the Tsunami (pdf).
UBC will cover the cost of travel for faculty and staff who wish to return to Canada. Faculty and staff may contact North South Travel to make their travel arrangements: http://www.northsouthtravel.com/ or 604.736.7447. Please identify that you are with UBC when you contact North South Travel.
I want to re-emphasize that the safety of UBC faculty and staff and their families is of the utmost importance to all of us at the University. Please circulate this message immediately and widely to ensure that those are impacted receive this information as quickly as possible.
Please note that information for UBC students in Northern Japan is available at http://www.students.ubc.ca/global/safety-abroad/.
AVP, Human Resources
By Breeonne Baxter on March 14, 2011
Here at UBC, our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. Please read the following for more information on support services available to UBC Faculty and Staff.
Information for Faculty and Staff:
- UBC Travel Benefits (including information on accessing emergency services outside of Canada)
- Travel Advisories (Government of Canada page)
- UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
- The Canadian Red Cross is collecting donations for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami
Human Solutions, our EFAP provider, has put together a document about coping with the emotional aftereffects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan: Download Coping with the Emotional Aftereffects of the Tsunami [.pdf].
Information for Students:
Please visit the UBC Bulletins page for full information.