University Centre opens

University Centre opens

July 2009 The $33-million, 7,300-square-metre University Centre opened. A hub for student activity and engagement, the UNC includes student learning spaces, collegia lounges, the J. Peter Meekison Student Centre, a sushi bar, student club space, offices for student service departments and a variety of social and gathering spaces.  

UBC Okanagan names first Researcher of Year

UBC Okanagan names first Researcher of Year

March 2009 Heinz Bauschke, one of Canada’s top researchers in the field of optimization, was named UBC Okanagan’s first-ever Researcher of the Year. Bauschke and his family used the $5,000 Researcher of the Year prize to create an endowment for an annual award recognizing the most outstanding undergraduate student in analysis.  

Infusion of funds for new buildings

Infusion of funds for new buildings

September 2008 British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell announces nearly $100 million in provincial government funding that will allow construction of three major new projects—UBC’s Okanagan Health Sciences Centre, the Arts and Sciences 2 Building, and the Engineering/Management Building.  

Varsity Athletics introduces The Heat

Varsity Athletics introduces The Heat

March 2008 UBC’s Okanagan campus unveiled its new varsity athletics team name, the UBC Okanagan Heat, at the third-annual Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast. The Heat moniker succeeded the Okanagan Lakers, a team of student athletes from both Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan.  

FCCS announces Writer in Residence program

FCCS announces Writer in Residence program

December 2007 Novelist and short story writer Lynn Coady is named UBC Okanagan’s first-ever writer in residence. Since then, UBC has welcomed playwright Marie Clements, historical fiction and non-fiction author Fred Stenson, and novelist and short story writer Annabel Lyon. More than 1,000 students and community members have engaged with the Writer in Residence program.  

Researchers garner Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Funds

Researchers garner Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Funds

July 2007 Seven new research programs at UBC’s Okanagan campus receive more than $880,000 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).  

UBC Okanagan launches Distinguished Speaker Series

UBC Okanagan launches Distinguished Speaker Series

December 2006 Novelist and historian Ronald Wright, is the first speaker featured in UBC Okanagan’s new Distinguished Speaker Series public lecture. The series has welcomed several high-profile presenters, including former Commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield; renowned autism spokesperson and animal behaviour expert Temple Grandin; iconic science broadcaster Jay Ingram; social activist and […]

Alumnus Charles Fipke announces $6-milion gift

Alumnus Charles Fipke announces $6-milion gift

September 2006   Kelowna resident Charles Fipke—a UBC alumnus and the discoverer of diamonds in Canada’s Far North—donates $6 million through his foundation to UBC’s Okanagan campus to build the Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research.  

First graduation ceremonies

First graduation ceremonies

June 2006 On June 6, 470 members of UBC Okanagan’s very first graduating class crossed the stage to receive their degrees in two ceremonies. Honorary degrees were conferred upon Dr. William Bowering, a former Okanagan University College president who expanded post-secondary education in the Okanagan, and upon Jeannette C. Armstrong, then-director of the Okanagan Nation’s […]

UBC Okanagan opens its doors to 3,500 students

September 2005 On September 6, 2005, more than 3,500 students began the first day of classes at UBC’s Okanagan campus. An opening ceremony, colloquium and music concert was held two days later to inaugurate Canada’s newest university campus.