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Doggo Meetup

Hosted by the UBC Arts & Culture District in partnership with @dogspot.ubc and Sisugirls.ubc

As a dogless dog-lover, I’ll never pass up an opportunity to be around dogs. Despite the rain, I joined students and their furry friends on March 16 at the first Doggo meetup in the Arts and Culture district (located in the north end of campus,), in partnership with @dogspot.ubc.ca and SisuGirls of UBC.

Doggo meetup at the Arts and Culture district located in the north end of campus

With dogs of varying sizes and different breeds, I made my way around the field petting all the dogs and gushing over how adorable they all are. It was so fun to watch all the dogs running around playing with each other and all the excitement and smiles on people’s faces.

Harely the Corgie

 

Beautiful Golden Retriever

More Golden Retrievers!

As I chatted with Debra Pickman of the UBC Arts and Culture District, I learned that the Doggo meetup was organized to create awareness about events in the district, as well as to show the community how fun these events are. In addition to the doggo’s, The Doghouse food truck was at the event to fundraise for the SPCA– all proceeds from the purchase of the Wreck Beach dog were donated to the SPCA.

The meetup was also meant to give exposure to SisuGirls of UBC, a new club at UBC that empowers young women to live with courage, bravery and resilience through participation in outdoor adventures and sports.

I also learned that Jack Liu–the man behind @dogspots.ubc Instagram account– is looking for a person(s) to take over the account after he graduates in April. If you’re interested, you can find out more about it here.

 

Overall, I had tail-wagging good time! Don’t forget to check out more events in the Arts and Culture District at www.artsandculture.ubc.ca.

 

UN SDG Youth Training at UBC

As a fellow enthusiast for world change, any event that mentions making a global difference definitely piques my interest. The training session was nothing short of brilliance and insightfulness – I came in as an eager student willing to listen and learn, but I came out being able to be critically reflective and motivated to pursue my ideas.

With talks and speeches from inspirational figures such as Mike Simpson, David Katz, Steven Lee, and the keynote speaker, Jamil Ahmad who is the Deputy Director of UNEP. It was an honor to be in the presence of such successful figures and to listen and learn from what they had to say. Despite the lengthy 3-hour session, I was brain-drained albeit inspired.

I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for the next training session at their Facebook page. Although, if I were to go again, I’d probably bring a snack or two.

5 Events to Attend Before the Term Ends

As we near the end of the term, take a break from the rush of papers and assignments and head out to one of the many events taking place in UBC. Can’t decide? Here are 5 events you should check out before the term ends:

Impact Lab

March 18th 2017

The theme of this year’s Impact Lab is Mindful Leadership on Indigenous Lands. Impact Lab is a semi-annual 1-day (9am-4pm) conference featuring workshops presented by a diverse group of UBC student leaders representing 34 globally minded clubs and organizations on campus hosted by the Global Lounge. Immerse yourself in a holistic educational experience as you learn more about the diverse issues that are influencing all of us today. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC)

March 23th-25th 2017

Interested in learning more about research opportunities on campus or what other likeminded students around you are up to? Attend the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) on March 23-25 2017! Oral and poster presentations will be held at Henry Angus Building and Irving K. Barber Learning Centre respectively. MURC is a free event, open to all faculties across campus. Not only is MURC a great way to network with other students, you may also stumble upon a fascinating research idea you may want to explore!

Storm the Wall

March 26th – 29th 2017

The most anticipated event of the year, Storm the Wall promises an awesome time with your friends, classmates and team mates! Swim, sprint, bike, run & storm the wall! Participate as a Competitive or Just-for-Fun team, or challenge yourself to do the whole course on your own as an Iron Person. This is one UBC tradition you should not miss!

Jane Goodall: The Birthday Tour

April 12th and 13th 2017

Dr. Goodall’s talks never fail to inspire people of all ages, from all walks of life, as she recounts her unique experiences as a young woman working alone in the rainforest and her hope for the future through her dedication to youth-led action for sustainable change. Learn more about Dr. Goodall’s experiences around the world at this unique event at the Chan Centre. Get your tickets now!

Beaty Nocturnal

April 20th 2017

The Beaty Nocturnal is an exclusive monthly event that allows patrons to enjoy a night at the museum. Admission is by donation between 5:00-8:30 pm, with a whole host of family-friendly activities, including guided museum tours and hands-on activities where you can learn more about specimens in the museum and their current exhibitions.

What events are you looking forward to before the end of term? Send us your comments or email us at info.events@ubc.ca!

More Than Just Numbers: Hearing From the Real Experts in the Opioid Crisis

Join SPPH Professor, and BCCDC harm reduction lead, Jane Buxton and those working and living with substance use issues to learn from the experts about the opioid crisis.

Professor Buxton will speak about the increases in drug overdoses and her work with BC’s Take Home Naloxone program – which has seen 2,500 overdose reversals. She will be joined by guest speakers who will share their experiences about the reality of the opioid crisis.

Live streaming is available via https://www.youtube.com/user/ubcspph1

Details:

Friday 3rd March, 9am to 10am

Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102”

 

A link to more information can be found below:

http://spph.ubc.ca/seminar-series/grand-rounds/

100 Years WISE: : Women in Science and Engineering, Bridging the Past and the Future

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Dr. Martha Piper presents an opening address. Photo by Nika Moeini.

In 2015, UBC celebrated its centennial – a time to learn from the past and chart the route for the future. At 100 Years WISE, professors, professionals, and others from the UBC community came together to understand UBC’s centennial in the context of women in science and engineering.

After an address by Dr. Martha Piper, we received a special recording from the honourable Kim Campbell, who spoke on the changing landscape of female leadership. The evening’s panel started off with Dr. Nadine Caron, the first Indigenous woman to graduate from the UBC Faculty of Medicine. She explained that although firsts should be celebrated, they can also serve as red flags – why has society been structured in a way that allows these gaps in achievement?

Once it’s shown that it can be done, everyone else who follows can do it. What is possible should be done right away, what is impossible will take a little longer. Don’t wait for people to show you that it can be done. In order to be first, you have to be brave.

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Dr. Nadine Caron, the first Indigenous woman to graduate from the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Photo by Nika Moeini.

 

Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College, talked about asking for help. She explained that in order to succeed, you have to be brave, although it’s hard to admit that you need help because people think that you are inferior already. She explained that one of the reasons Harvey Mudd has been able to have so many female deans and greater female leadership has been the help-empowered environment they have created.

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The panel sharing their inspiring insights. Photo by Nika Moeini.

Other topics included finding strengths, being able to let go of something before it’s perfect, and acknowledging the people in the background who help us achieve our goals. Each speaker was so eloquent and powerful, each with their own unique insight to share.

The night finished off with some fruit, delicious macarons, and various chocolates accompanied by a networking session. It was such an interesting array of students, professors, alumni, and professionals, and an excellent opportunity to open the dialogue around empowering our female leaders in STEM to grow and reach new heights in the upcoming years.

With a variety of programs to encourage female leadership in the field, from mentorship programs to networks and events, UBC has the resources and capabilities to make out next 100 years a century of progress and equality.

Written and prepared by Nika Moeini, International Relations and Commerce Student, UBCevents Communications Assistant.

VSEUS Gender in the Workplace Conference

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Emily Ohler, CEO and General Counsel at Broadleap Solutions sharing her insight with student participants. Photo Courtesy of VSEUS.

On February 27th, the Vancouver School of Economics Undergraduate Society held their Gender in the Workplace conference, featuring experts in various professional fields discussing today’s gender issues and changing the face of leadership in the workplace.

We asked the VSEUS organizers why this topic was the one VSEUS chose to focus on. Saskia, VP Administration of the VSEUS, reported: “After attending a lecture on gender in the workplace by Jill Abramson at UBC last semester, I realized how much I don’t know about this topic. It is increasingly talked about in the media and in research, but I still didn’t have a good understanding of the specific challenges female leaders face or how these can be practically resolved.

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Executive members of the Vancouver School of Economics Undergraduate Society. Photo Courtesy of VSEUS.

Yet the issue of gender in the workplace is very relevant to many students, as we will soon be entering the labour force. On a more immediate and personal level, I also noticed that out of the 26 courses I’ve taken at UBC so far, I’ve only had 2 female professors. Economics is still a male-dominated profession, making gender equity an especially important issue for VSEUS to address.

We talked over our ideas as a conference organizing team and quickly decided that this would be a valuable topic to choose for VSEUS’s annual conference.” – Saskia Vaisey

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The panel taking questions from the crowd. Photo Courtesy of VSEUS.

The morning began with a session on the Economics of Workplace Gender Issues with Nicole Fortin, a labour economist at the Vancouver School of Economics who spoke on the gender pay gap and the evolution of women’s labour force participation. The sessions following included experiences with gender in the workplace and changing the face of leadership. Michelle Grant from Ernst&Young explained that, in order to illuminate the path to leadership, women have to define opportunities for advancement, take part in leadership development programs, and set leadership pipeline programs and targets, while making role models visible. She explained that companies need to speed up culture change with progressive corporate policy, since we no longer live in a 9-5 working world. We must build supportive environments by recognizing and rewarding role models.

Barinder Rasode was another force to be reckoned with. As the Director of Social Responsibility for Resource Works Society and a Founder of She Talks Vancouver, she talked about the importance of finding your own personal board of directors. She explained that women focus more on competence, and less on who they are. It’s important to get recognized as who you are and put your name on your work. If it’s going to be great, people are going to push back – but champions never complain because they are too busy getting better.

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“How can we help broaden the understanding of entrepreneurship as a purely tech-dominated field in order to encourage more female participation?” – Nika Moeini, Photo Courtesy of VSEUS.

Overall, this conference gave participants an opportunity to get a glimpse into their future and anticipate some of the challenges women may face along the way. In the spirit of mentorship, learning how successful women were able to navigate their careers served as inspiration and invaluable advice. I can’t wait to see what conferences VSEUS will offer next!

Written and prepared by Nika Moeini, International Relations and Commerce Student, UBCevents Communications Assistant.

UBC Opera presents: Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice)

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Photo courtesy of UBC Opera

I’ve never particularly thought that the opera was for me.

After all, “the opera” had an air of sophistication and class. Sophistication and class that, as a university student in his early twenties, I’ve yet to achieve. My current definition of “fancy” is wearing freshly-washed jeans and a button-down shirt instead of my go-to sweatpants-hoodie ensemble – I just didn’t think I’d fit in with the crowd.

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Photo courtesy of UBC Opera

Thankfully I didn’t let my doubts stop me from jumping at the chance to see the UBC Opera Ensemble perform Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice).

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Photo courtesy of UBC Opera

Without giving too much away, A Night in Venice is a hilarious story involving several cases of mistaken identity amongst its main characters. And between the amazing costume and set pieces, the captivating acting of the main cast and ensemble, and the otherworldly talent of the orchestra, it was such an immersive experience. I – along with the rest of the audience – was laughing, clapping, and silently snapping from beginning to end. Hooked was an understatement. It didn’t even matter that the opera was performed in German and that I couldn’t understand a word (the English “subtitles” projected on stage were a lifesaver); I was telling my friends how amazing it was for at least a week.

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Photo courtesy of UBC Opera

What really brought the experience over the top was being able to talk to the cast members during intermission. Not only were they fun and friendly, but their passion for their craft really shone through our conversations. Their absolute pride and joy in performing really brought it home to me, and it made their performance even more relatable.

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Photo courtesy of UBC Opera

It truly was a night I’d never forget. It proved how wrong my view of the opera was. Sure, my friend and I felt like we were amongst the youngest in the audience and we stood out in our sweat pants, but it didn’t really matter. The opera was, as cheesy as it might sound, universal. UBC Opera’s shows are and would always be a must see.

Catch them perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Chan Centre from June 23 to June 26.

Written and prepared by Emmanuel Villamejor, UBC Science Student, UBCevents Communications Assistant.

This Week at UBC Host Search

We’re looking for a new host!

A new semester is here and we’re searching for a new personality to star in our This Week at UBC video series. The UBCevents host will film a minimum of one video per week during the winter session with the opportunity to continue from May 2016 onwards. The successful applicant will also get access to several special events throughout the year when filming opportunities arise. Time commitment is max. 5 hours per week.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a current UBC student in good academic standing.

To Apply:

Upload a video of yourself on YouTube expressing why you want to be the next host for UBCevents. Email the link to your video and a short bio to info.events@ubc.ca by October 10, 2015.

Please note that this is a volunteer position. The successful candidate will start in mid-October.

For questions about the UBCevents Video Host position, please contact info.events@ubc.ca.

There and Back Again: A UBC Grad’s Tale

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Ready to join these friends as UBC alumni! Photo Source: Tina Gao

When I think about graduation quickly approaching, one word comes into mind: uncertainty.

Maybe anxious. And precarious.
Insecure too?
Okay, many words cross my mind, but you get the idea. Many of you soon-to-be grads are surely feeling the same to a degree, and if you’re not, you may in the next couple of years. It’s almost inevitable because for the first time in 17 years (more or less), many of us will relinquish our student status.

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I learned to love two things as a Residence Advisor: my residents, and mud. Photo Source: Tina Gao

As I look back on the last five years of my life, I can recount a basketful of memories that truly define why these five years were the best years. From playing sports in intramural leagues to the late night dorm room chats, to Block Parties, and from up and down the Wreck Beach stairs, I was able to pursue the hobbies that I already loved at UBC, and had the best time doing so! But these are not the memories that come to mind first when I think about my entire undergrad experience.

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Never a dull moment with Live Active Outreach at UBC Intramurals. Photo Source: Austin Kretzschmar

The memories that I hold closest and dearest all contain moments of difficulty, doubt, and obstacles. These moments were rarely comfortable, unlike pursuing all the hobbies that I was familiar with. I successfully campaigned to be House President as a first year student, with no previous knowledge of the position or life in residence. I became a Residence Advisor in second year amidst a time of overwhelming personal and mental health challenges. But both of these moments brought upon irreplaceable and unconditional friendships, laying the relational foundation for the rest of my UBC journey. Through International Service Learning, I worked on HIV projects in Swaziland for three months and lived with a host family, all while situated alone. With no prior experience of solo traveling or cross-cultural navigation, I doubted that my grit and resilience could overcome precarious situations. But this experience was the moment in my undergrad when I discovered my true passions, and it paved the direction of my degree. When I accepted my first Co-op placement in cancer research, I was insecure about my skills and feared incompetency. And indeed, I made many mistakes but I also had the opportunity to contribute to healthcare research aimed to improve cancer prognosis. When I signed up for Storm the Wall Ironwoman this past year, I wasn’t certain I could even swim any laps. But when I got over the wall, I realized that the friends I had made over these 5 years would always be with me, every leg of life’s race to help me achieve my goals.

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Colour Wars, the best day in first year residence. Photo Source: Tina Gao

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My host brother and I making our way down to the stream in Mbabane, Swaziland. Photo Source: Tina Gao

Climbing the mountain of challenges and breaking my comfort bubble produced the most rewarding, meaningful, and gratifying memories. In fact, these moments in my five years at UBC made me a risk taker, an adventurer, a scholar, and a pathfinder. Graduation is simply another one of these moments. So alongside all the uncertainty, I’m also beyond ecstatic to see mine and every grad’s growth and potential in the next chapter.

As Bilbo would say, “I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.”

 

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Completing Storm the Wall Ironwoman – height is not a barrier! Photo Source: Rachel von Hahn

-Written and prepared by Tina Gao, graduating Bachelor of Science student.

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