September 24, 2015

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Reminder: don’t park in the loading bay at IRC/Woodward Library

When parking at IRC/Woodward Library our vehicles may only use the reserved parking stalls in the pullout west of IRC, on Health Sciences Mall, just up from the loading bay. Watch for “Reserved  for Building Ops” signage coming up in the next few weeks.

Campus mail is not permitted to park anywhere but in the designated loading areas when delivering mail. When our vehicles block the loading bay, the mail truck drives by and the library doesn’t receive mail, including books that students have ordered.

If you have any concerns please contact Deb Capps for more information.

Updated list of buildings now served by the DES available on Building Operations website

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

EAOS Update: First Asset Template ready for validation

Check out the first of many asset templates posted on the wall next to the asset list. Please take a look and comment on them – Too much info? Too little info? Will having this info be valuable to you?

Also, take a moment to view our updated EAOS hallway poster for better communication on where we’re at and where we’re going.

Interviews for the Asset Data Manager will be extended, so if you’re are still interested and didn’t apply, you still have time! Email Andy Plumridge for setting up a time to chat.

Connect to UBCSecure and not Shaw Open for Wi-Fi

In the past couple of weeks, people have probably noticed that their phones are linking to the ShawOpen Wi-Fi network and no longer automatically to the UBCSecure network. As a result, your smartphone devices do not get updates on calendar invites, emails, etc. To ensure that you connect to UBCSecure while on campus, go to your device setting, select Wi-Fi and “forget” ShawOpen.

No hot water on Monday, September 28

There will be a domestic hot water shutdown in the USB building on Monday, September 28 from 5 am – 8 am. This will affect everyone that showers in USB.

New coffee machine coming to USB, outside first aid room

coffee machineWe are very excited to trial a new coffee machine at USB. This machine will dispense various flavours of hot beverages, and most importantly, fresh coffee.  This coffee machine will be located outside the Wellness Centre – beside the First Aid Room.

Enjoy a cup of fresh brewed coffee for $1 per 8oz cup or specialty beverages for $1.50.  Remember, BYOM (bring your own mug).

Be a part of history. Be a part of the UBC100 Satellite Photo

Take part in the satellite photo opportunity on September 30th. What makes this photo really special is that the Deimos-2 satellite will fly over the campus and take overhead photos capturing a high definition images. This once-in-a-hundred-years opportunity will take place between noon and 1:00 pm at Lee Square (between the Bookstore and the Alumni Centre). Participants must be available between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

If you are interested, please discuss it with your manager first before you register to ensure we can accommodate. Go to to register and be a part of history.

Want to know who pays for health care?

Sun Life, UBC’s Extended Health and Dental Care provider has developed a number of comprehensive Health Care Guides outlining the coverage options for six common health events by province.  The six health events are

  • Disability Protection
  • Home Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Travel Emergency Health

Click here for the British Columbian Health Care Guide.

UBC now offers emergency child care and guaranteed child care placement

To support our faculty and staff with balancing the demands of work and family, UBC has partnered with Kids & Company to provide you with another option for child care.

Through UBC’s corporate membership with Kids & Company, faculty and staff have access to emergency child care and guaranteed child care spots at a Kids & Company location.

To learn more, visit the HR website.

Here’s a second chance to Take action with a free cardiovascular risk assessment

Cardiovascular disease affects the heart and blood vessels, and results in heart attacks, strokes (in the brain) and angina (chest pain). The good news is that most people can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke through awareness, knowledge and healthy choices.

Last August, UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, invited UBC faculty and staff to participate in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site).

Learn more about CAMMPUS and join a short presentation and discussion on September 30.  Click here to register.


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