October 15, 2015

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Dr. Martha Piper thanks Building Ops crews for making UBC 100 celebration a success

Thanks to the efforts of Bill Toor, Florante Navarra and Dumitra Gheorgheos from Custodial Services; Jas Badesha, Bob Khella, Georges Bisson, George Beris from the Labour Crew; Phil Beck and Gregg Doughty from Soft Landscape; and James Bellavance; Dr. Martha Piper sent a handwritten thank you note for their stellar efforts in contributing to the success of the centennial celebration.

Updated list of buildings served by the DES as of October 15 is now available

Check out the latest DES Updates to know which buildings are running on the district energy hot water heating system and which buildings will be coming online soon.

Current Handover Status for PARC Library and the Engineering Student Centre

PARC Library currently has provisional occupancy. No dates scheduled for demonstrations at this time and no firm date set for building handover. Contractors are working through some issues with the mechanical system.

Engineering Student Centre currently has provisional occupancy. The mechanical demonstrations are complete. The electrical and controls demonstrations are scheduled for Thursday October 22 at 8 am at the site. Building handover is scheduled for Friday October 23.

Building Operations presents on EAOS and Communications at PCAPPA 2015

Last year we hosted the PCAPPA 2014 conference. To make sure we we’re represented and to build on our investment from last year, we sent a small group to this year’s conference in nearby Portland to present on some of the interesting things we’re doing here. To read more about PCAPPA and the conference on the PCAPPA website.

You can see UBC’s presentations at http://www3.buildingoperations.ubc.ca/pcappa.

Update your UBC Alert Information

Register for UBC Alert to receive a text message during an emergency on campus. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date on www.msp.ubc.ca.

Did you Drop, Cover and Hold On at 10:15am for ShakeOut BC?

2015 will mark UBC’s fifth year participating in the province-wide ShakeOut BC earthquake preparedness exercise. It is important to do a DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON drill to react quickly in the event of an earthquake. You may only have seconds to protect yourself and practicing helps you be ready to respond.

UBC Committed to Protecting Academic Freedom

UBC released the summary of a report by the Honourable Lynn Smith, which outlines her findings relating to allegations that, following the publication of a blog post by Professor Jennifer Berdahl on August 8, 2015, the Chair of the Board of Governors or individuals in the Sauder School of Business interfered with her academic freedom or violated relevant UBC policies.

UBC is committed to meeting its positive obligation to protect and defend the principle of academic freedom.  Check out UBC news for further details including UBC’s response and read Dr. Martha Piper’s open letter to the UBC community.

Have a look at UBC’s building boom and upcoming projects

Watch the video to see and learn more on new buildings and upcoming projects in UBC, highlighted by John Metras, Managing Director of Infrastructure Development.

Make a donation to United Way and get a chance to win 2 flight tickets

There are two ways to donate to United Way, with payroll giving or with a paper donation form. For payroll giving, go to United Way eAccess and follow the prompts to create an account. You will be automatically entered in a draw to win 2 flight tickets, courtesy of UBC Travel Smart*.

If you prefer a paper donation form, email your name and campus address to UBC United Way and a form will be sent to you.

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Quick Updates

Garage will be closed at 4PM on October 19 to allow staff to vote at the Federal Election

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NPS score decreased to 85% with 4 new promoters and 2 new detractors.

Stores will be closing at 4PM this week