Staff and Faculty
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 recipients 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
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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.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 10, 2011
With snow in the forecast this week, UBC Human Resources would like to remind everyone of UBC Winter Weather Protocol.
In the event of a heavy snowfall, the University may make the decision to cancel classes and curtail non-essential services. In such an event, the University will broadcast the closure on the UBC.ca website, along with announcements on local radio and television.
The closures will be campus-specific, so make sure to check out the UBC website for information on your campus.
Please visit the HR website to learn more about Winter Weather protocol at UBC.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 27, 2010
The Amazing Race Health Challenge is back! Join UBC’s staff and faculty community in this year’s race to a healthier you. The challenge is 5 weeks in length beginning November 8, 2010 continuing until December 12, 2010. The challenge is open to all UBC staff and faculty members.
On your own, or in teams of 3 to 10, collect points by completing a variety of activities each day. These include anything from eating fruits and vegetables to completing a Sudoku puzzle. You may already be completing some of the included activities on a daily basis so why not join your colleagues in this year’s challenge to improve health and wellness among staff and faculty? The challenge includes health activities in all five dimensions of wellness: physical activity, nutrition, intellectual, psychological and social/community.
For details on how to register, visit http://thrive.ubc.ca/amazing-race/
By Breeonne Baxter on September 13, 2010
UBC Athletics has a number of offerings for UBC Staff and Faculty during the school year. UBC Employees can access Athletics and Recreation programs such as:
- $5 tickets for all UBC Thunderbird games
- Access to Intramural Programs
- Discounts on UBC REC programs
- Discounted access to the UBC Aquatic Centre, the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, and UBC Birdcoop.
For a full list of Athletics and Recreation opportunities on the Vancouver campus for Staff and Faculty, view the brochure (pdf).
By Breeonne Baxter on June 8, 2010
Moving to a new house or apartment can be a busy and chaotic process. Once the dust has settled and you’ve managed to find the coffee cups, make sure to change your address with UBC, to ensure that you’ll continue receiving all information:
Faculty and Staff Self-Service
The one-stop address change location is in UBC’s Faculty and Staff Self-Service portal. Under the “myPersonal Info” tab, select “Home and Mailing Address” to update your address. While you’re there, make sure that your emergency contacts and email address are up-to-date as well!
Medical Services Plan (UBC Group Enrolment)
If you are enrolled in the provincial Medical Services Plan through UBC group enrollment (a direct debit from your UBC paycheque), you will need to contact Payroll to change your address on the MSP system:
- Fill out Section E of the MSP change form, and submit the form to Financial Services (Forms and addresses are available at the Benefits Forms page).
- Email Payroll, indicating that you need to change your address with MSP. You can find your payroll portfolio representative contact information online.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 22, 2010
11,087 hot dogs sold in the first five games! UBC Food Services staff have been serving up a storm to the spectators watching Olympic ice hockey at Thunderbird Arena.
Check out Game Time for a message from Andrew Parr, Managing Director of Food Services: UBC Food Services serves thousands at UBC Thunderbird Arena:
To accomplish this takes immense hard work and dedication from a huge team of Food Service professionals. From production staff making huge volumes of excellent meals to distribution staff, to house staff and store person, all service and front of house staff and a strong management and administration team, everyone needs to work in unison to make all this happen.
-Feb. 16 issue of Game Time
With only a few games to go at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena, the UBC Food Services’ staff have certainly outdone themselves. Amazing job, everyone!
By Breeonne Baxter on January 22, 2010
The UBC Point Grey campus is home to the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology. This weekend, on Jan. 23-24/10, MOA will hold a Celebration of Creativity to celebrate the completion of the Museum’s recent renovation and expansion. The celebration is open to all, and free to the public. Visit the MOA Events page for details on the weekend’s celebration.
If you can’t make it to the opening weekend, you can visit the Museum over the coming months. UBC Staff, Faculty and Students get free admission year-round by presenting your valid UBC ID at the door.
The Museum of Anthropology Celebration of Creativity is co-presented by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.