By Breeonne Baxter on September 1, 2015
The beginning of the new academic year brings a feeling of promise and excitement at the University. The energy and spirit our students bring back to campus is one of the best and most rewarding reasons to be part of the UBC community.
Welcome back to everyone in the UBC Community, and we hope you had a wonderful summer. September is always a full month, and we encourage you to participate in events as you can. We wish you all the best for a great year ahead and a bright future!
Okanagan campus: Celebrate the UBC Centennial and the 10th anniversary of UBC’s Okanagan campus with birthday cake, live music, prizes, information booths and a BBQ, on Sept.3, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., UNC Commons (RSVP by Sept. 1 for the BBQ).
Vancouver campus: The in-person Orientation on Sept. 3 is currently full, but to put your name on the waitlist for this or for future sessions, please click here.
Online Orientation for Faculty & Staff
Are you new to UBC and cannot attend the in-person Orientation sessions? Take part in the Online Orientation for UBC Faculty & Staff. This website offers a central location for all new staff and faculty at both UBC campuses an overview of the orientation experience in their first few months as part of the UBC community: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/orientation/.
Imagine Day: Sept. 8, 2015
The first day of school is Imagine Day, a day-long event full of welcome activities, orientation, and a pep rally to get the school year started right. Full Imagine activities for everyone on campus are listed at http://orientations.students.ubc.ca, while Faculty & Staff can see their specific events listed at http://orientations.students.ubc.ca/faculty-and-staff.
Homecoming: Sept. 10-12, 2015
Homecoming Weekend is Sept. 10-12, 2015. Take part in the BBQ and Pep Rally on Sept. 10, then on Sept. 12 take in the Great Thunderbird Trek to Thunderbird Stadium and the football game of the UBC Thunderbirds vs. U. Regina Rams. Buy your tickets today.
Staff Welcome Back BBQ: Sept. 16, 2015
The Staff Welcome Back BBQ at the Vancouver campus is Sept. 16, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Flagpole Plaza. The BBQ is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch, live entertainment, information booths, and the camaraderie of your fellow UBC staff colleagues.
If you missed registering for the BBQ and would like to attend, please bring your UBC Card with you to the Registration Table on the day of the event. A limited number of tickets will be available for late registrants who have a staff appointment at UBC and have valid UBC ID.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 5, 2013
The UBC Board of Governors has reappointed Lisa Castle, Vice-President Human Resources, for a five-year term beginning April, 2013. Ms. Castle has had two previous terms in Human Resources, since September, 2012, as Vice-President, and prior to that as Associate Vice-President beginning April 15, 2002.
The Board noted that, “Ms. Castle brings an energetic, consultative, strategic and values-based approach to her position. Her terms have been marked by a careful building of human resources practices across the university and implementation of Focus on People: Workplace Practices at UBC. Lisa was commended for her passion and support of the University. She is recognized as one of the most influential human resources leaders in Canada in higher education.”
In approving her reappointment, the Board acknowledged that Ms Castle has been an innovative member of the University leadership, and has done much to implement Place and Promise: the UBC Plan, and to enhance the people practices at UBC.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 31, 2012
Each year the President’s Town Halls bring UBC faculty, staff and students together for an interactive dialogue.
The conversation begins at the Town Halls as Peter Klein, Acting Director and Professor, Graduate School of Journalism (Vancouver), and Christopher Schneider, Associate Professor, Sociology, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (Okanagan), join Prof. Toope for a thought-provoking interview.
Then, the UBC community has the opportunity to get concrete answers to any hard-hitting questions they have.
Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
11:30 am to 1 pm
Roy Barnett Recital Hall (6361 Memorial Road)
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
11:30 am to 1 pm
University Centre Ballroom (UNC200)
Program for Town Halls:
11:30 am: Informal reception, light lunch served
12:00 noon: Town Hall begins
To learn more about the President’s Town Halls visit www.townhall.ubc.ca
By Breeonne Baxter on May 7, 2012
Recognizing the contributions of staff members to the UBC community, four staff have been awarded the 2012 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:
- Rose Harper, Senior Program Assistant for Arts One and the Coordinated Arts Program (Vancouver campus)
- Maureen Lisle, Visual Arts Technician in the Department of Creative Studies (Okanagan campus)
- Jarnail Mehroke, Teaching Lab Technician in the Department of Botany, Biology Program (Vancouver campus)
- Peter Milroy, Director of UBC Press (Vancouver campus)
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 October 18, 2011
Expecting an addition to your family? We have a step-by-step guide to taking a maternity, parental or adoptive leave at UBC available on our website.
The step-by-step instructions will guide you through the following processes:
- notifying your Department of your leave;
- requesting a Record of Employment;
- applying for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits available from Service Canada;
- applying for UBC Supplemental Employment Benefit (SEB) top-up;
- maintaining your benefits while on leave; and
- enrolling your newborn on the UBC benefits plans.
For further information, please visit the Leaves section of the UBC Human Resources website and click on the maternity, parental or adoptive leaves section for your particular employment group.
If you have any questions, or you have feedback on the guide itself, please contact HR Benefits Analyst Stephanie Mah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Catherine Pitman on September 9, 2011
Seeking answers to questions is what a university is all about. What have we accomplished this year? Where are we going from here? Each year the President’s Town Halls bring UBC faculty, staff, and students together for an interactive dialogue.
Join the Conversation. Submit your question online at www. townhall.ubc.ca or ask it in person at the 2011 President’s Town Halls:
19 September Vancouver Campus
Roy Barnett Recital Hall
21 September Okanagan Campus
University Centre Ballroom
To learn more about the President’s Town Halls, visit www.townhall.ubc.ca.