By Miranda Massie on October 3, 2017
This Month’s Feature
September 25-October 9: Thrive Recipe Contest
Cook your way to UBC Food Services fame! Submit your favourite healthy (thriving) snack recipe for a chance to win a $50 UBC Food Services Gift Card. The winner and two friends will also work with UBC Executive Chef David Speight to perfect their recipe and have it featured at a UBC Food Services outlet for the whole campus to enjoy. It will also be the feature snack at the University-wide Thrive Kick-off party on October 30.
Other Events and Activities
October 4: UBC Outdoor Art Walking Tour (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
See UBC’s beautiful outdoor art while getting moving! Since the late 1950s, UBC’s Outdoor Art Collection has captured the imagination of visitors from around the world. No need to sign up or register: just meet at the Belkin Art Gallery and bring your friends and coworkers.
October 10-13: United Way Week of Caring
The 2017 UBC Community United Way Campaign kicks off with a Week of Caring. Visit one or all of the amazing events this week and have your passport stamped for a chance to win at the Campus Culture Challenge. Events include the Pancake Race IX (Oct. 10), Turkey 2K Trot (Oct. 11), Arts Food Truck Festival (Oct. 12), and Campus-wide 50/50 ticket sale (Oct. 13).
October 11: Fall and Winter Cycling Workshop (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
This intermediate-level workshop is a great way to encourage warmer weather riders to try biking in the fall. Participants will learn more advanced tips and tricks about biking to work in winter riding conditions, including dressing for the weather; advanced cycling safety and use of your gears; cold weather care for your bike, lights, and visibility; and more. Lunch is included.
October 14-15: UBC Apple Festival
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits. From learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit.
October 18: Kids Bike Library
Need a bigger bike? Come to the Kids Bike Library at the Bike Kitchen to exchange old kids’ bikes for a better fitting ride. Free kids bike tune-ups from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October 19: ShakeOut BC (10:19 a.m.)
British Columbia is located in one of the most seismically-active regions in the world with more than 1,200 earthquakes recorded each year. While most are too small to be felt, the risk of a major one causing significant damage is real. Take part in UBC’s annual earthquake preparedness drill.
October 23-29: Bike to Work Week
Get more out of your commute while enjoying fresh air, improved health and a lower carbon footprint. Jump on a bike and invite a friend or colleague to join. You’ll feel great being active, get to where you want to go faster, and save money. Plus you have a chance to win some great prizes, including a cycling tour in Italy or new bikes!
October 27: The Pumpkin Run (2:00 p.m.)
Want to increase your daily step count with a scenic walk outside? Looking to fit a bit of fitness into your day? No problem – take part in this 6km Pumpkin Run (or walk) on the Point Grey Campus. Take part in the event as an individual or as part of a relay team.
October 30-November 3: Thrive Week 2017
Get ready to find new ways to build your positive mental health each and every day. Thrive is an annual, University-wide initiative for all students, faculty and staff. Join the UBC community, including campus partners and volunteers, by participating in a series of engaging and diverse events, activities and experiences.
October 31- November 9: Get Your Flu Shot
Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Getting the flu shot is your best protection against the flu bug. Book the 2017 clinic dates into your calendar now. The clinics will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Weight Watchers at Work (Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m.)
Join the UBC Weight Watchers at Work group today. Conveniently located at the UBC Bookstore, meetings take place upstairs. Program includes personalized food and fitness tracking, 24/7 chat and more.
Photo credit: UBC Food Services
By Miranda Massie on August 3, 2016
UBC Based Activities and Events:
Summer in the Square – Wesbrook Village: Aug. 2-30
The Summer in the Square series features local artists who will regale and entertain you in Norman MacKenzie Square through the warm summer months. Performances are every Tuesday and Sunday at 12pm or 4:30pm.
Summer on the Mall: Aug. 15-19
Sun, Fun, Everyone, on Main Mall! You’re invited to a week-long outdoor celebration of our beautiful Campus! Take a break, socialize, get active, or just relax in the sun. Campus is the place to be to savour the summer and to enjoy culture, fun, and physical activity. From yoga, to bikes, to museums, to popsicles, you won’t be short of things to do alongside your fellow UBC friends and colleagues.
Welcome to Teaching at UBC: Aug. 22
At this welcome session, new faculty will be introduced to what you need to know to teach your first course at UBC, including an overview of UBC students’ demographics, discuss UBC’s teaching and learning related strategic priorities and funding opportunities, find out what resources are available for you and how to access them, and hear about what your fellow faculty members consider to be the main challenges and enablers for their teaching at UBC.
With Appreciative Inquiry, we start to shift our approach to change by focusing on creating what we want rather than eliminating what we don’t want. We learn to ask questions (to inquire) in order to explore creative possibilities (appreciative).
University Wide Orientation: Aug. 31
The day’s events include an optional guided tour at the Museum of Anthropology before the main event, as well as a welcome from Larry Grant, Musqueam Elder in Residence at the First Nations House of Learning; Angela Redish,
By Miranda Massie on May 3, 2016
UBC based events and activities:
This May, the David Suzuki Foundation is challenging people around the world to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. The goal: to reconnect human beings with nature for the sake of their health and mental wellbeing.
Free week at Bodyworks Fitness: May 2-7
Bring a friend and join Bodyworks for a free trial of popular fitness classes! Come as many times as you like between May 2-7. Registration is also open for the Spring/Summer Term. Click here to view the spring 2016 brochure.
Summer Yoga Series (Blusson Spinal Cord Centre): May 3-Aug 25
Do you work at or near VGH? Activate yourself this summer with lunchtime fitness classes. Taught by certified instructors and offered Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Sign up for strength based full body workouts, combo yoga-pilates classes or both! (Cost: $230/32 classes; $120/16 classes; $85/10 drop-in classes)
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by this year’s graduates of the Master of Fine Arts program.
Free week at UBC Recreation: May 14-20
UBC Recreation Free Week is a chance for staff, faculty, students and the general public to try out any instructor-led classes in the Student Recreation Centre and Ponderosa Commons Studio. Drop-in to fitness, yoga, pilates, dance, martial arts, and boot camps for free. No experience is required, so try the classes out and register for your favourites! Full listings available here.
Our health and our work are interdependent. In view of changing demographics, work and labour markets, and social contexts, the key challenges to be addressed in work and health research and practice will be discussed. Join Dr. Ute Bültmann, University of Groningen, Netherlands for this public talk.
Difficult conversations come with leadership positions, and being able to navigate such conversations effectively is crucial to both personal and organizational success. Explore the reasons for fear and discomfort and learn strategies to manage emotional conversations by blending the application of skills, tools, knowledge and self-awareness. (Cost: $275)
Bike to Work Week: May 30-June 5
There’s no better time to get active and energized on your way to campus than Bike to Work Week. To help you prepare for your ride, UBC and HUB are offering a free lunch-hour workshop!
Free lunch-hour workshop on May 19
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) Policy Labs, 2260 West Mall [map]
This fun and interactive workshop will get you ready for Bike to Work Week, providing useful tips for cyclists of all abilities, from new riders to those who already bike to work. Certified instructors will discuss bike safety scenarios, taking bikes on transit, route planning, what to wear/carry, and much more.
Pizza will be served, so invite your colleagues and register today! Register to email@example.com to reserve your space.
Staff Pension Plan Fair: June 8, 2016
The UBC Staff Pension Plan (SPP) Pension Fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Whether you are new to UBC, or have been part of the Staff Pension Plan for years, the Pension Fair is a great opportunity for you to learn more about your pension plan and gain some pension knowledge. There will be a variety of information tables for members to visit and learn more about the Plan as well as other retirement benefits and services. Visit the SPP Pension Fair event website for details on the venue, information tables, what kinds of questions you may want to ask, and more. No need to register!
By Miranda Massie on January 7, 2015
Yoga at MOA-Jan 15 start
Yoga at the Museum of Anthropology is back this winter, for as little as $4 per class.
UBC Continuing Studies at Robson Square is offering a practical course that will provide leaders with the tools to engage in challenging conversations with confidence.
TEAM UBC is a group of UBC staff, faculty, students and alumni who have come together to participate in the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer event benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. Join TEAM UBC on Aug. 29 and 30, 2015, as they make the 250-kilometre journey from Cloverdale to Seattle, either as a rider or a crew member. Learn more about TEAM and join us for an orientation on Jan. 22, 5pm in Michael Smith Labs, room 101. Please RSVP here.
UBC Suicide Awareness Day-Jan 28
January 28 is UBC’s annual Suicide Awareness Day. Look out for booths and street teams across campus distributing resources and promoting the message of ‘Reach Out’. Wear orange on January 28 to show your support for people whose lives have been affected by suicide and for those perhaps seeking help.
Whether you’re thinking about suicide yourself, or you know, hear, or see someone who might be, the most important thing you can do is reach out.
Don’t have any orange? We can send you and your colleagues Suicide Awareness Day buttons. Contact Miranda Massie for more information.
Getting Active at UBC has never been easier. Learn about the benefits of walking and find a list of walking activities available on campus!
Studies have shown that 46.5% of the time, our minds and attention are wandering. Learn how practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you become more productive at work and more balanced in life. View a list of mindfulness and meditation activities and trainings on campus.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month-Jan 2015
January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC. Start talking, keep learning, and stand up against sexual assault. You can help end the violence.
Off Campus Events
Alive Interactive Magazine-January Issue
Focus: Easy and Healthy Goal Setting
The Robson Square public ice rink will remain open until Feb.y 28, 2015. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available.
This free guided walk series is for people of all ages and fitness levels and is led by a led by a member of the Richmond Fitness and Wellness Association.
This market runs weekly at the Port Moody Recreation Complex. Come by for local BC products, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods!
Burnaby Used Kidstuff Sale– Jan 24
This event will take place at the Edmonds Community Centre. Clean out your child’s cluttered closet or pick up a bargain!
Surrey Family Day-Feb 8
Explore, enjoy, and create art together on BC’s Family Day weekend! Drop in to the Surrey Art Gallery for interactive and family-friendly activities.
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