August 16, 2016

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Hey Main Mall, you look so good.

If you helped cut grass, pull weeds, fix lights, place banners, maintain the fountain, pick litter, maintain the irrigation, empty waste bins, prune trees, remove leaves, clean windows, clean benches, clean pavers, and I could go on …then you deserve a big thanks, because Main Mall looks good.


Join us for our Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 24th

On August 24, bring your own lunch/dinner and join us outside in the USB Yard (we will have tables and chairs), participate in the games, and cool off with ice cream. We may have special guests—President Prof. Ono and Vice President Andrew Simpson—so swing by and join in the fun:

  • 11:30am-12:30pm for day shift
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm for evening shift

If you want to take Robert Stone down in the pie eating contest (the self-declared winner by the way) or Ward Perry, the reigning king, then you need to sign up. Email or see Caroline Soriano to sign up.

2016 Dunk Tank NominationsNominate a dunkee on a sign-up sheet by Tool Crib. The person with the most nominations will be the first one to be dunked.

  • $2 for 1 ball
  • $5 for 3 balls
  • $10 for 8 balls
  • $20 to get off the dunk seat if the dunkee really doesn’t want to get wet

All proceeds go to United Way.


Custodial Staff to learn more about the UBC Staff Pension Plan

The Staff Pension Plan is an important part of your overall compensation and plays an important role in your future. The sooner you join the Plan, the greater your retirement income will be.

Custodial Staff expressed interest in learning more about UBC pension plans so we’ve invited the Pension Office to host 4 sessions. All custodial staff will attend:

  • August 17, 7:00-8:00pm at MacMillan 177
  • August 17, 9:00-10:00pm at Swing 221
  • August 17, 11:30pm-12:30am at Swing 121
  • August 31, 11:00am-12:00pm at Swing 121

Interested in learning more about your UBC Staff Pension Plan? Talk to your head or manager to arrange a presentation for your group or visit

Blue fencing up near Koerner Library for the new Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Library Square Garden now closed off for the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre project and associated public realm changes. Fencing is now up between Koerner and IK Barber. The Ladner Clock tower is behind the fence and so staff needing access will need to liaise with the contractor and attend safety training.


Help avoid unnecessary parking tickets

A reminder that Parking attendants are extra watchful this time of year. Please avoid unnecessary parking tickets and be careful not to park in obvious areas like loading bays, fire zones, spaces designated to another group or individual, or in pedestrian walkways.

Orchard Commons demos coming this week

Key plans for Orchard Commons are now on display in the USB main hall. These plans show which parts of this new building are Building Operations’ responsibility. Upcoming demonstrations include: elevators on Wednesday, other equipment demos will be arranged through Francois and Transition team members.

Classroom schedules for 2016/17 now available

Classroom Services has published their classroom schedule for the next year, from August 22, 2016 to August 20, 2017. The 2016/17 Online Timetable shows classroom schedules, ad hoc bookings, and room availability. Link:

This is a planning tool to help you anticipate and plan your work in classrooms. Follow up with Classroom Services to schedule any work.

Quick Updates

NPS score remained at 78%, with 6 new promoters and 2 new detractors

Welcome to UBC: Joel Shantz, Ekici Zeynep, and Edwin Sangalang