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.
“Commit to your wellbeing” is the principal message to share for this academic year. “Be present to being well. When we’re well, we are able to deal more effectively with all the stuff coming at us in our lives,” advised Lisa Castle, UBC Vice President, Human Resources.
Another year of school is beginning, and in addition to the standard hustle and bustle of changing seasons, the University is going through changes as we prepare for the future. Some of them include the change of President next year; the development of flexible learning initiatives; tightening resources; and another round of collective bargaining with all unions and associations in 2014.
With change comes tremendous opportunities for growth and resilience. UBC is in a strong position to adapt and evolve to these changes: “We are stable, and we have the right people in the right roles to work through them,” said Lisa.
Seeing the larger picture will also help us in adapting to changes effectively. The primary focus of the work we do is for and with students: creating an exceptional learning environment and a continued emphasis on improving the student experience. UBC staff and faculty continue to strive both in front of and behind the scenes on improving the quality of the educational experience. “In my time here,” Lisa said, “I have never seen more sustained focus on giving life to this commitment.”
Students, faculty and staff should know that UBC is not only evolving its physical campus attributes with expanded green and informal spaces, but also on the learning front itself through the Flexibility Learning Initiative. This huge and important endeavour will continue to shape the university in the coming years.
With all the changes taking place during this busy time, it is important to remember that UBC is more than a place to learn, work and live; it is a diverse, unique, and welcoming community for all. Please take the time to be well. It can be something as simple as enjoying our campuses’ beautiful green spaces, pausing for reflection in quiet spaces, and experiencing the camaraderie of our colleagues. Being mindful of the bigger picture and committing to your wellbeing will help us all contribute both individually and as a community to another successful academic year.