By Miranda Massie on October 25, 2017
This month’s feature:
October 30-November 3: Thrive Week 2017
Thrive is an annual, University-wide initiative for all students, faculty and staff. Join the UBC community by participating in a series of engaging and diverse events, activities and experiences. Visit the full events calendar for details and find new ways to build your positive mental health each and every day.
Highlights in Vancouver include:
- Thrive Kick-off (Oct. 30)
- #LetsThriveUBC social media challenge (Oct. 30-Nov. 3)
- Natural Wellness Garden Tours (Oct. 30-Nov. 3)
- Staff & Faculty Pop-up Wellness Lounge (Nov. 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
- Relaxation Techniques to Help you Thrive (Nov. 2, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
- UBC’s Largest Zumba (Nov. 3)
Click here for a list of Okanagan events.
Other Events and Activities
October 31- November 9: Flu Clinics
Even healthy people can get sick from the flu and spread it to others. Getting the flu shot is your best protection against the flu bug. Mark the 2017 clinic dates into your calendar now. The clinics operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.
November 3: United Way Stretch for a Cause
Support UBC’s United Way Campaign by attending this noon-hour yoga class. Entry is by donation with all proceeds going to the United Way. Don’t miss out on door prizes provided by HotBox Yoga!
November 8: Kinesiology Distinguished Speaker Series
This session entitled, “Action, perception and cognition: a movement psychological perspective”, features Professor Rouwen Cañal-Bruland of Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany.
November 9: Psychology Colloquium with Dr. Sue Frantz
Dr. Sue Frantz discusses learning enhancement, particularly the role that educational technologies play in the classroom.
November 17: UBC Choir Fest
Presented by the UBC School of Music, this aural presentation features the University Singers and the UBC Choral Union and culminates in a finale of 400+ voices.
November 19: The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving (Exhibition Opening)
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the unique design of Salish blankets up close, and to learn the rich history and significance of weaving in this region. Runs through April 2018.
November 25: 20 Years of Brain Health – An Anniversary Symposium
Commemorate 20 years of neuroscience research and brain health discovery at UBC. Meet and mingle with the UBC neuroscience community, including our fascinating faculty, students, staff and alumni, and enjoy special presentations from keynote speakers Dr. Karl Deisseroth and Dr. Catherine Malabou.
Photo credit: UBC Thrive
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By Miranda Massie on September 13, 2017
This Month’s Feature
September 14: Welcome Back Staff BBQ (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
This annual event is an opportunity for UBC staff to enjoy a complimentary lunch, live entertainment, information booths, and the camaraderie of colleagues. Registration has closed, but if you would like to attend, bring your UBC Card to the registration table on the day of the event. A limited number of wristbands are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Other Events and Activities
September 1-October 31: UBC Campus Challenge
Discover the Vancouver campus, complete the fun challenges and enter for a chance to win great prizes! Open to staff, faculty, students and alumni.
September 5-22: Still Here Photo Exhibit
Still Here is a collection of photographs and art from queer people affected by suicide. Through their experience and willingness to tell their stories, Still Here participants are helping to raise awareness about depression and suicide in the queer community. Still Here is a project from the Men’s Health Research program at UBC’s School of Nursing with support from community organizations and donors.
September 11-16: UBC Bodyworks Free Class Trial
Staff, faculty and community members new to Bodyworks are invited to try any class at UBC Bodyworks Fitness Centre for free during the start of this month.
September 11-17: UBC Recreation Free Week
New and returning staff and faculty: this is your chance to try any instructor-led classes with UBC Recreation for free. Drop-in to fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, boot camps and aquatics classes . Try as many classes as you like, and register for your favourites!
September 14: Urban Green Spaces & Health Webinar (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Trees and green spaces promote health, but why is this so and how do we use this knowledge? Hosted by and featuring the research of UBC assistant professor Matilda van den Bosch, this presentation will outline pathways and mechanisms behind the health effects from urban natural environments.
September 16: UBC Homecoming
This year’s Homecoming starts with fun activities around campus and concludes with the big game at Thunderbird Stadium. Break out the blue, get out your gold, celebrate the Thunderbirds and show your UBC pride with 10,000 of your closest friends.
September 19-December 19: Tuesday Yoga at MOA (5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.)
Take part in a weekly, all levels Hatha/Flow yoga class in the beautiful grand hall of the Museum of Anthropology. Pay for the program, a 10-class pass or drop in. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org at the hosting department (MOA) or payments to email@example.com.
September 28: Harvest Feastival
Get your friends and colleagues together for a night of food, art and culture. Enjoy a feast featuring fall favourites from the UBC Farm, followed by after-dinner entertainment at one of the many special shows and exhibits planned just for you at UBC’s world-class Arts and Culture District.
Next Month: United Way Community Campaign
October 10: The Great Pancake Race IX
The Great Pancake Race is a community-building, awareness-raising, kick-off event for UBC’s United Way campaign that promises flip-tastic fun for all. Gather your team of four together and vie for the coveted Pan Trophy.
October 11: Turkey 2K Trot
Come out and support UBC’s annual United Way campaign. Enjoy a 2km run or walk + BBQ, bake sale and live music. Door prizes to be awarded as well as prizes for top finishers.. Who will take home the Turkey Trophy this year? If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email Indiana Letkemann.
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By Miranda Massie on September 13, 2016
UBC Based Activities and Events:
Mindfulness programming is back: Fall 2016
Build your personal resilience by participating in evidence-based mindfulness programs for staff and faculty.
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge: Starting October 3
Mindfulness@Work 6-week program: Starting November 7
Sign up while spaces last!
Bodyworks Fitness Centre Free Trial Period: Sept. 6-17
Visit UBC BodyWorks for a free trial of any fitness class! Access to the fitness centre is also included. Try any of the following classes, and be sure to bring a friend:
- Community Fit
- Fit Over 50
- Changing Aging
Schedule details can be found here.
UBC Employees: Receive 10% off Basic Membership Passes when you present your UBC Staff ID Card.
UBC Recreation Free Week: Sept. 12-18
Try out as many classes as you want, for free!
Drop in to fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, boot camps, and aquatics classes for free. No experience is required and all abilities can be accommodated. Try as many classes as you want, and register for your favourites!
Staff Welcome Back BBQ: Sept. 14
This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch, live entertainment, information booths, and the camaraderie of your fellow UBC staff colleagues.
UBC Homecoming: Sept 15-17
This year’s Homecoming will feature a pep rally and BBQ, the Great Thunderbird Trek, and a street party concluding with the big game against the University of Regina Rams. Come out, cheer on your Thunderbirds and show your UBC pride.
Harvest Feastival: Sept. 22
Kick off the new school year in style by treating your taste buds to an epic outdoor feast, followed by six exclusive shows and exhibits in UBC’s Arts and Culture District.
Ticket price includes a generous family-style dinner and all the after-dinner festivities and staff and faculty tickets are only $30. Tickets and info are available at the Harvest Feastival website
Movement Co. is back! Fall 2016
Registration is open for UBC Movement Co. This free social club will get you moving in free, fun, and easy ways! Join your colleagues in walks, events, workshops and . Registrants will be eligible to win free Day of the Longboat participation. Information on all events can be found on the website. Register now!
Join Step It Up: Fall 2016
Whether you’re trying to build your overall sense of wellbeing, reduce stress, make new friends, or reduce your risks of cancer or cardiovascular disease, walking can help you on your way. Join in for free lunch-time walks. Meeting place is the north-facing entrance of the SRC unless otherwise specified.
Partner with Thrive 2016: Register by Oct. 7
UBC’s largest mental health initiative is back and will run Oct.31-Nov. 4, 2016. Thrive is a university-wide initiative designed to promote building positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff. Interested in hosting an event or partnering this year? Register here. Stay tuned for more information, the events calendar, a photo contest and more!
UBC United Way Kick-off Week of Caring: Oct. 11-14
The Great Pancake Race VIII: Oct. 11
A community-building, awareness-raising, kick-off event for UBC’s United Way campaign. Bring a great sense of humor, spirit and energy and get together over your lunch for a relay-race involving frying pans and flipping pancakes. Prizes to be won, including best costumes!
Turkey 2K Trot: Oct. 12 (Info TBA)
DAE and United Way – Stretch for a Cause: Oct.14
Join in another United Way Stretch for a Cause at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Get out of the office, stretch out, and be inspired about what United Way is doing in your community. What to bring? A yoga mat and donation to the United Way.
By Miranda Massie on October 1, 2014
Whether you plan an event, promote Thrive, volunteer, or bring Thrive into the classroom, you’ll be building positive mental health on campus. Register now to become a Thrive Partner and start planning your group’s involvement for Thrive 2014, Nov. 3-7.
UBC Community United Way Campaign-starts October 6th
The UBC Community United Way Campaign has been a part of our campus culture for over 30 years. Last year you helped UBC raise over $500,000 to prevent child poverty, help kids realize their potential and build stronger communities for seniors. Thank you for making a difference! This year, our campaign kicks off with 5 Days of Caring, a full week of events including the Great Pancake Race, Spelling Bee and the Turkey 2K Trot. Visit www.unitedway.ubc.ca for more info, and to register!
Weight Watchers at Work at the UBC Bookstore will be hosting 2 complementary meetings in October for new members interested in joining.
UBC ShakeOut-Oct 16
2014 will mark UBC’s fifth year participating in the province-wide ShakeOut BC earthquake preparedness exercise. At 10:16 a.m. do a DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON drill so you can react quickly in an earthquake. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.
UBC Continuing Studies presents a two day session that will explore the science of stress, mindfulness and wellbeing, and its impact on helping professionals, patients, clients and inter-professional teams.
MOA YOGA-Oct.20 start
The Museum of Anthropology’s yoga program (MOGA) is starting a new fall session on Monday, Oct 20th. MOGA runs Monday 12:30pm-1:30pm and Wednesday and Thursday evenings 5:15pm-6:15pm. This session will run until Dec 20th and costs $45 for 5 classes, $80 for unlimited classes.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! UBC faculty, staff, students, and members of the campus community are invited to learn how to prevent breast cancer through healthy lifestyle changes and to have your breast cancer risk status objectively assessed. Registration required.
Ergonomics is about designing for people to ensure that products, systems or processes complement the people’s capabilities, rather than forcing people to adapt to their work environments/tasks or tools. Find out how to get involved!
The Mental Health Needs Assessment: Take Action Project is investigating opportunities to improve student mental health at UBC. Faculty and staff are invited to share their perspectives on improving student mental health in a series of focus groups (October 2014). If you are interested in participating, please register for a focus group or request an interview online.
Homewood Health (UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance provider) has created a Healthy Workplace Month toolkit. The package contains information on the importance of getting outside; mental illness myth busters; the important link between workplace involvement and employee engagement.
Provincial not for profit, Arts Health BC is leading a province-wide survey of arts & health activity within health care, research, education and community settings in BC. The results will be used to create a report and directory of BC-based programs to increase networking and resource sharing.
Click here for more information or to participate.
This Italian community market provides the opportunity to bring home a taste of Italy every month, complete with local produce, live Italian music and children’s activities.
Cirque Musica makes its Vancouver debut! A thrilling concert that blends the world’s greatest Cirque performers with live symphonic music, it will mesmerize and transport you with its dazzling and mysterious beauty.
Stock up on fresh cranberries at the Richmond Nature Park Society’s annual cranberry sale. Proceeds support educational and public programs in the park.
Diwali Fest: Vancouver and Surrey–Oct. 17-26
“Unity in Diversity” is the theme at the lower mainland’s 11th annual Diwali Festival. The events making up this year’s festival will range in size, and spread through the cities of Vancouver and Surrey. Participate in community workshops, delicious cooking classes and plenty of arts and entertainment!
Family Day: Surrey–Oct. 26
Explore, enjoy and create art together! Engage in interactive family-friendly activities inspired by the exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature.
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