May 26, 2016

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Spring Graduation on May 25 – 27 and May 30 – June 1

UBCGrad2_1280-900x661Spring graduation is commencing on May 25 – 27 and May 30 – June 1. This event will place a large demand on the Rose Garden, Fraser and North Parkade between 7:30 am – 4:30 pm each day. Expect to see high traffic volume along the roadways and all parking lots in these areas.


Help build “The List” aka the 2017/18 capital improvement list

We all know of those assets or systems that take up way too much of our operational efforts. They may be way beyond end of life,  simply not functioning properly, or may lead to more consequential damage if not addressed soon. These are the items we want to hear about.

We are in the process of building the 2017/18 minor capital program and we need to add your knowledge and experiences to help make THE LIST the right list. So start thinking about assets or systems you would recommend for replacement or refurbishment using capital dollars. Heads and subheads will be engaged to bring these ideas forward over the next few weeks.

Leadership development program engaging heads and subheads in June

During the town halls held over the last few weeks, we mentioned that one of the focuses for the coming year is our Leadership Development Program.

Consultant Stephanie Innes is meeting with all levels of the organization to learn more about what the leadership needs are. She has met with BOLT and the managers and she is now looking forward to meeting the heads and subheads on June 8th. The kinds of questions she will be asking the heads and subheads are listed below:

What do you think is working well in how you manage your staff and areas?
What training and support do you need to be able to better manage your staff and areas?
What do you think your managers are doing really well to support you?
What training and support do you think your managers need in order to be able to better support you?
What are key challenges in the organization that you think a leadership program could help you solve?
What ideas do you have for solving them?

We can be a happier, safer and more productive organization if we help those in supervisory roles improve their leadership skills and build on the strengths we all have.

Feeder Shutdown on May 7 was a success

As part of the ongoing preventive maintenance for the campus high voltage system, the feeder shutdown on May 7 was no surprise to Building Operations. The 12F12 feeder maintenance entailed shutting down utility power affecting about 50 buildings on the northwest sector of the campus. Even with advanced planning, there were several issues that required attention. Thanks to the coordinated effort of the project coordinator, trades, labour services and BMS,  for ensuring a seamless transition during this planned power interruption.

Applying for tuition waivers? Here are some tips…

One of UBC’s most unique benefits is the Tuition Waiver Benefit, which provides tuition assistance for eligible academic and Continuing Studies courses offered by UBC.

Eligible employees can take up to 12 academic credits (worth $2,035.20 in 2016/17) or the monetary equivalent in UBC Continuing Studies courses.

To help you take advantage of this benefit, The Human Resources Benefits Team has created a page highlighting some of the eligibility requirements, as well as tips for applying.  Learn more.

You can do it! Bike to Work Week starts May 30

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Jump on a bike and don’t forget to invite a friend or colleague along for Bike to Work Week (and School) @UBC, May 30 – June 5, 2016!

Join hundreds of your UBC colleagues and thousands across Metro Vancouver for Bike to Work (and School) Week for your change to win $20,000 in prizes, including a trip to Amsterdam and new bikes. Plus, you’ll help UBC defend it Champion status!

Sound pretty awesome? Here’s how it works:

  1. Register for Bike to Work Week (and School), and attend a UTown@UBC Community Bike Clinic if you need a tune-up.
  2. Log your bike trips during the week to be entered to win a trip for 2 to Amsterdam and a new bike!
  3. Check out UBC’s Celebration Station, June 2, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Lee Square (right outside the UBC Bookstore). Get free coffee, snacks and free bike tune-ups from the Bike Kitchen.
  4. Encourage your colleagues to join your team, which will help you win more prizes.
  5. And since you’ll have your bike on campus, check out the community-based anti-theft service Project 529 on June 1, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm by the Alumni Centre at Univefsity Commons.

Visit the BTWW webpage and learn more.

Quick Updates

NPS score decreased to 80% — 1 new promoter and 1 new dectractor.

Leaving UBC: Wayne McCoy, Vlodek Glapinski, Bruce Villman