Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosts Town Hall at UBCO

September 2017   More than 2,500 filled UBC Okanagan’s gymnasium for an evening Town Hall event hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—a UBC alumnus (BEd’98). The free public event attracted newly arrived UBCO students, campus staff and faculty, and the local Okanagan community. Also in the crowd were 180 federal Members of Parliament, in Kelowna […]

Campus welcomes the Royals

Campus welcomes the Royals

SEPTEMBER 2016   UBC Okanagan is profiled on the world stage when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton) visit campus as part of their 2016 Tour of Canada. The UBCO stop included a public ceremony in the Central Courtyard dedicating a new Aboriginal art installation, plus a visit to the […]

Santa Ono announced as president

Santa Ono announced as president

JUNE 2016   Professor Santa J. Ono, a Vancouver-born biomedical researcher who is a pioneer in experimental medicine is named the 15th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.  

Start an Evolution campaign exceeds goals

Start an Evolution campaign exceeds goals

October 2015   The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus completed the ambitious start an evolution campaign, which aimed to push cumulative fundraising for UBCO above $100 million and double the number of UBC alumni engaged with UBCO. Ultimately, the campaign raised $100,096,345 and saw 1,600 alumni volunteer, attend special events, or give back to […]

Campus celebrates UBC and Okanagan Anniversaries

Campus celebrates UBC and Okanagan Anniversaries

September 2015   A ceremony commemorating the UBC centennial and the 10th anniversary of the Okanagan campus is held. As part of the ceremony, UBCO renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the Okanagan Nation Alliance.  

Research funding tops $100 Million

Research funding tops $100 Million

March 2015   UBC’s Okanagan campus marked a major milestone when its cumulative total research funding surpassed $100 million. The figure speaks to UBC Okanagan’s tremendous decade of growth; research funding totaled $6.9 million in the campus’ initial fiscal year (2005/06).  

Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) launches

Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) launches

October 2014 The STAR research innovation facility opened its doors on the Okanagan campus, allowing industry and university researchers to pool their knowledge to rapidly develop novel technologies for human protection, survivability and performance in extreme or remote conditions. One of the first STAR projects was a collaboration between UBC, Kelowna-based Helios Global Technologies, and […]

Aspire sets future for campus

Aspire sets future for campus

August 2014 In 2014, UBC’s Okanagan campus completed Aspire, a year-long consultative exercise to examine the state of the campus and develop a vision for the future. The result: a consensus and series of recommendations that the Okanagan campus should aspire to be a model of innovative and interdisciplinary programming within the UBC system, and […]

Faculty of Education celebrates 25 years of teaching

Faculty of Education celebrates 25 years of teaching

July 2014 The Faculty of Education marked 25 years of providing teacher education in the Okanagan with a two-day event for alumni that included the inaugural presentation of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Teacher education began in 1989 with the Faculty of Education at Okanagan College and evolved to its current identity at UBC’s Okanagan […]

Hangar takes health and fitness to new heights

Hangar takes health and fitness to new heights

September 2013 On September 17, 2013, the $4.1-million Hangar Fitness & Wellness Centre officially opened. Funded by a $3.5-million donation from Barry Lapointe, the Hangar is an 850-square-metre addition to the gymnasium that houses a cardio-exercise and strength-training space, spin bikes and studios for yoga, combat sports, Pilates and dancing. The Hangar is an architectural […]