Welcome to UBC – Staff & Faculty Orientation
In 2017, UBC is piloting a new orientation program for staff in Vancouver. This pilot is the first phase of a re-imagined orientation and on-boarding experience for UBC staff and faculty.Staff who join UBC 2017 will be part of the pilot orientations program. For more information contact Orientations and Onboarding Program Manager in Vancouver Colin Hearne.
New Staff Orientations for Okanagan campus staff are offered twice a year; January and July. To find a specific date and register go to the Events Calendar on the HR Website. For more information, contact Lisa Frost, ODL Specialist.
Research Orientation Day for New Faculty Members
The Research Orientation Day at the Vancouver campus is held in late August. This day-long event connects new faculty members with research support units and available resources. New researchers will meet experienced faculty, research directors, and one another. Register online.
Annual New Faculty half-day Orientations on the Okanagan campus are offered each summer in August. To find the specific date and to register, go to the Events Calendar. For more information, contact Lisa Frost, ODL Specialist
UBC has its very own newsletter for faculty and staff, that provides a summary of the latest info from the Working at UBC page. The newsletter will be issued every two weeks and will comprise a summary of the latest news and events from the faculty and staff web page on UBC.ca. To subscribe to the newsletter, visit http://faculty-staff.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/working-at-ubc-newsletter/
Arts & Culture Venues
Museum of Anthropology
The Museum of Anthropology is a world-renowned centre for research and education on world art and cultures. Visit their website to learn about current exhibits and hours: http://moa.ubc.ca. Admission for UBC faculty and staff is free with your UBC Card.
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Home to the largest blue whale skeleton in Canada, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver’s premier natural history museum. Experience exhibits, hands-on activities, and presentations. Visit the website to learn about events and hours: http://www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca. Admission for UBC faculty and staff is free with your UBC Card.
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC exhibits contemporary art, and supports contemporary practices to art history and criticism. Visit the website for hours and current exhibits: http://www.belkin.ubc.ca. Admission is free, and tours are available.
Pacific Museum of the Earth
The Pacific Museum of the Earth is one of UBC’s oldest resources, dating back in its inception to 1925. The Museum features displays of rocks and minerals, fossils, and interactive weather stations. Admission is by donation (the museum suggests $5). Visit the website to learn more: http://pme.ubc.ca.
UBC Botanical Garden & Nitobe Memorial Garden
UBC Botanical Garden is one of the Vancouver campus’s treasures, a 78-acre research and public educational facility showcasing plants and natural habituated from around the world. The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese tea garden, considered to be one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America. Faculty and staff can access teh gardens for free with your UBC Card. Visit the Garden website for information and garden hours: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca.
UBC Thunderbirds & The Heat
The UBC Thunderbirds varsity sports program is one of Canada’s most successful athletics programs with over 122 national championships. Watch some of the country’s most talented student-athletes compete in football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer and more. Staff and faculty purchasing tickets online or in-person are eligible for a 30% discount. For more information, please visit: http://www.gothunderbirds.ca.
UBC’s varsity sport teams at the Okanagan campus are called the Heat. During the varsity season, check out a home game and cheer for our student athletes. Schedules and tickets are available at http://athletics.ok.ubc.ca.
Stay up-to-date with what’s happening at UBC with Events.ubc.ca, the central event listings for the University. You can also use Events to promote your department’s events to the UBC community for free. Visit http://www.events.ubc.ca for the Vancouver campus and visit http://ok.ubc.ca/events.html for the Okanagan campus to find out what’s happening this month.
We’re one of Canada’s Greenest Employers
UBC offers several programs and initiatives to inspire staff to make meaningful contributions on campus. As one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, these initiatives demonstrate our commitment to creating a culture of sustainability at UBC. Click here to find out more from the Vancouver campus, and get involved today.The Sustainability Office on the Okanagan campus is responsible for the advancement of sustainability on campus to support its development as a vibrant, regenerative community.
Giving Back to the Community
United Way Campaign Associate and Volunteering
As part of UBC’s annual United Way campaign, two UBC employees are seconded (at full salary) to support UBC’s United Way campaign over a 16-week period in the fall. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Keep an eye on the United Way website for full details.