Employee benefits update

Check out updates on UFV’s Employee Benefits home page:

For more information please visit the Human Resources Benefits homepage at https://www.ufv.ca/hr/benefits/

Policy revised — Board Policy on the Chancellor (BRP-225.01)

At its October 5, 2017 meeting, the Board of Governors approved revisions to the Board Policy on the Chancellor (BRP-225.01).

Amendments were made to section 3 on the selection process. The change makes the policy consistent with the UFV Alumni Association’s UFV Chancellor Succession policy.

The policy is available on the Secretariat website at: http://www.ufv.ca/secretariat/policies/ or the Board of Governors website at https://www.ufv.ca/board/board-policy-directions–policies/.

For more information, please contact Lisa McMartin at lisa.mcmartin@ufv.ca

10/27/2017

Policy revised — Safe Student Learning Community (204) (Former title Student Non-Academic Conduct policy)

At its October 3, 2017 meeting, the President’s Executive approved revisions to the Safe Student Learning Community (204) (Former title Student Non-Academic Conduct policy). Prior to final approval, at its September 22, 2017 meeting, Senate rescinded the Student Non-Academic Conduct policy (204), and approved the new Safe Student Learning Community (204) administrative policy given Senate’s jurisdiction within the policy.

The policy is available on the Secretariat website at: http://www.ufv.ca/secretariat/policies/

The procedures are available on the Safe Student Community website: https://www.ufv.ca/safe-student-community/policy-process/

For more information, please contact Lisa McMartin at lisa.mcmartin@ufv.ca

10/27/2017

New to UFV? Get wellness tips in the Online NSO

Are you struggling to balance everything as the mid-terms and assignments pile up? If this is your first semester at UFV, check out the latest installment of the Online New Student Orientation. Get tips and resources for maintaining your well-being during crunch time.

Log in in to your Blackboard account and look for Online_NSO: 2017 New Student Orientation under “My Courses” at the top right of your dashboard.

If you have any questions, contact Belinda Karsen, Student Transitions Coordinator, at Belinda.Karsen@ufv.ca or 604-557-4064. Or drop by Student Life in S1111.

http://www.ufv.ca/nso

For more information, contact Belinda Karsen at Belinda.Karsen@ufv.ca

11/25/2017

Third module of UFV’s Online New Student Orientation is live

The third and final module of the Online New Student Orientation is now available to new-to-UFV students. Just in time for mid-terms, this module introduces the seven dimensions of wellness and provides students with tips and resources for maintaining their well-being under increased stress.

This module also offers an adapted version of UFV’s new suite of sexualized violence prevention workshops. Students learn the fundamentals of how to engage in healthy, consensual relationships; how to safely and effectively intervene in situations that may lead to harm; and how to respond sensitively and appropriately to someone who is disclosing an experience of sexualized violence.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to direct their new-to-UFV students to this valuable online resource.

Please contact Belinda Karsen, Student Transitions Coordinator, with any inquiries about the Online NSO at Belinda.Karsen@ufv.ca or local 4064.

http://www.ufv.ca/nso

For more information, contact Belinda Karsen at Belinda.Karsen@ufv.ca

11/25/2017

Visual Arts students support Wild Salmon Caravan with art

UFV students in Shelley Stefan’s Fall 2017 VA 390 Community Arts Practice course produced artworks in support of the Wild Salmon Caravan event held on Oct. 8 at the Skwah First Nation in Chilliwack, BC.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/UFV-Visual-Arts-817234464990204/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1538336239546686

For more information, contact Jennifer Chew at jennifer.chew@ufv.ca

10/29/2017

Nominations sought for 2018 honorary degrees

The President’s office is seeking nominations for the 2018 honorary degrees.  Please see the details of the search procedure noted below.  Thank you for any ideas you may have.

University of the Fraser Valley – Honorary Degrees

UFV employees, students, alumni and members of the Board of Governors may make nominations for the award of honorary degrees.  Honorary degrees will be awarded at the June 2018 UFV convocation ceremonies. Recipients of honorary degrees will be asked to attend the UFV convocation ceremonies to receive the award, and would be expected to make a short address at convocation.

Selection Criteria:

Nominees shall not be current members of the UFV Board of Governors, UFV employees, students at UFV, or individuals who have direct political, legal or budgetary authority over UFV.

Awards will not normally be granted posthumously.

Candidates will have made outstanding contributions which are regional, provincial, national or international in scope.  Candidates’ contributions must be consistent with the mission and values of UFV.

Benchmarks:

Nominations will be considered with reference to the following “benchmarks”.  While a candidate might not be expected to fulfill all of these criteria, they will be used as overall measures of the candidate’s suitability.

  • Has the nominee made a significant contribution to the spirit of inquiry, learning and social progress, and enrichment of the quality of life and imagination?
  • Has the nominee extended the boundaries of the human experience in some manner?
  • Is the nominee an exemplar of noteworthy public service?
  • Is the nominee distinguished and widely recognized?
  • Is the nominee’s achievement relevant and appropriate to UFV?

Nomination Guidelines:   Nominations must be in writing.

The nomination document should include:

  • a letter that explains clearly and concisely why the nominee is deserving of the award,

based on the criteria above,

  • a biographical summary outlining accomplishments with examples of relevant information,
  • contact information for the nominee.

 Examples of such supporting documents might include a biography, lists of the nominee’s referred publications, shows, or public performances, or documentation of other honors received by the nominee. The Selection Committee reserves the right to request further information.

Timelines:

The Selection Committee will start reviewing nominations in Fall 2017.  Nominations for 2018 will close by the end of February.  Please note: nominations are accepted year round and are brought forward each fall.

Nominations may be sent to Darlene Glum, Executive Assistant to the President at darlene.glum@ufv.ca.

Please go to http://www.ufv.ca/board/honorary-degrees-at-ufv for a link to the Honorary Doctorate Degrees policy.

 

Policy Revised – Adjunct Faculty, Research Associates and Visiting Scholars policy (197)

At its September 5, 2017 meeting, the President’s Executive approved revisions to the Adjunct Faculty, Research Associates and Visiting Scholars policy (197).

In order to make this policy consistent with policy 143 Appointment, Promotion, Suspension, and Termination, the authority for the approval of appointments of Adjunct Faculty, Research Associates and Visiting Scholars has been revised to be the Provost, not the President.

The policy is available on the Secretariat website at http://www.ufv.ca/secretariat/policies/

http://www.ufv.ca/secretariat/policies/

For more information, contact Lisa McMartin at lisa.mcmartin@ufv.ca

09/29/2017

In the gallery: Skin Tactility

Sherlock Chen & Paige Caldwell

Skin Tactility confronts the personal-social issues that are seen by eyes and felt by skins from the angles of mental health, sexuality, social disconnection, and cultural isolation, which is discussed here through a visual language.

On View: Oct 16-Nov 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Oct 16, 6:30-8:30 pm.

S’eliyemetaxwtexw Gallery
University of the Fraser Valley
Room B136, B Building
3844 King Road, Abbotsford

For more info visit:

http://sag-ufv.ca/

For more information, contact Jennifer Chew at jennifer.chew@ufv.ca

10/17/2017

BBA HR major accredited by CPHR BC & YK

The Bachelor of Business Administration Human Resources major has recently been accredited by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia & Yukon (CPHR BC &YK). This means that graduates of UFV’s HR major who meet the eligibility criteria have the option to be exempt from writing the National Knowledge Exam component of obtaining their CPHR designation, which is a nationally recognized achievement in the field of human resources. To be exempt, students must complete the HR major with at least a B- (70%) average in their BBA program and maintain two consecutive years of student membership in CPHR BC & YK. That means students who are graduating in June 2019 and who join CPHR BC this September will be eligible for exemption. Students who join now and graduate in June 2018 will be grandfathered into the program and also eligible. Students who have graduated in June 2017 can contact CPHR BC & YK and may gain exemption on a case by case basis. For more information about CPHR BC & YK, you can visit their website at: http://cphrbc.ca/

For more information, contact Kirsten Robertson at Kirsten.Robertson@ufv.ca

10/31/2017

Free support for students at PRLC! Let your students know

‘Tis the season for midterms & group projects! Let your stressed-out students know about the PRLC.

Tell students to pop by and say hi to our peer leaders at the Peer Resource & Leadership Centre (PRLC). Our peer leaders are student volunteers who are available to listen to whatever is going on in a student’s life and support them with additional resources if they need them. They don’t offer advice – they are trained to listen, support, and refer, and are well versed in UFV services and resources. Peer leaders act as lay counsellors and can help students who might be waiting for a counselling appointment or are too intimidated to ask for one in the first place.

We are available on a drop-in basis and have a quiet lounge for private chats – we’ve nicknamed it the Zen Den for a reason! Let us make your students a cup of tea and help them navigate the world that is university.

We are located in the Student Life area of the Student Union Building in Abbotsford (S1111) and our hours are:
Monday: 9 am–5 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 9 am–6 pm
Friday 9 am–1 pm

If you are looking for more information about what the PRLC offers for students, please take a look at our website (www.ufv.ca/prlc), follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@ufvprlc), or send an email to Ashley Hayes, the PRLC Coordinator (ashley.hayes@ufv.ca). She would be more than happy to give you a tour of the space and answer any questions you might have!

http://www.ufv.ca/prlc/

For more information, contact Ashley Hayes at ashley.hayes@ufv.ca

10/31/2017

Financial Aid & Awards Tips for October

Financial Aid and Awards Tips for October

  1. The Financial Aid and Awards office is accepting Fall Semester bursary applications from September 15 until October 31. Applications will be accepted throughout the month and then assessed after the deadline date. For more information go to http://www.ufv.ca/fineaid/awards/ufv-bursaries/
  2. If you do not have a current student loan this semester, but have had previous loans, remember to apply for interest-free status. Check with Financial Aid and Awards for details.
  3. Do you need financial aid for the Winter Semester? APPLY NOW for your student loan go to www.StudentAidBC.ca
  4. Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. ~ Carl Sandburg

For more information, contact Financial Aid at financial.aid@ufv.ca

10/31/2017

2017/18 seasonal closure — Dec 22-Jan 2

We hope the busy fall term is going well. It will be the December holiday season before we know it and I’m very pleased to confirm the university will close at 4:30 pm on Fri, Dec 22, and remain closed until Tues, Jan 2.

We hope this helps you plan a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Jan 2, as we begin the winter term.

Ken Brealey,
Associate Vice Provost, Faculty Relations

For more information, contact Nancy Scarrow at nancy.scarrow@ufv.ca

12/22/2017

Abbotsford campus commuter & parking advisory for October

Some events at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre to be aware of, as they affect traffic and parking congestion on and around campus.

• Sat, Oct 14 – PBR Event: 7:30 pm
• Mon, Oct 16 – WWE: 7:30 pm
• Sun, Oct 22 – Foreigner concert: 7 pm

Daily Parking: Students and employees may purchase daily parking and park in lots 1, 4-6, 8-10, or on city streets at Gillis Avenue, College Drive, and McKenzie Road. Note: UFV parking permits are not valid on city streets.

UFV parking permit holders: Student and employee parking permit holders may park in lot 10b (gravel lot), or in designated (employee/student/public) lots 1, 2, 6-10. Note: UFV parking permits are not valid on city streets.

For more details, see the AESC events calendar http://www.abbotsfordcentre.ca/calendar.aspx

For more information, contact Ashley Trieu at parking@ufv.ca

10/31/2017

New Hires, Moves and Changes

Welcome to the following new employees, and congratulations to those who have taken on new positions at UFV:

Jennifer Allen — Administrative Assistant, Advising Centre

Tracy Morrison — Assistant, Associate Vice President, Institutional Research & Integrated Planning

Ashley Friesen — Assistant, Director of Financial Services

Sean Rigter — Assistant, Assessment Services moved from Clerk, Assessment Services

Danielle Deschamps — Clerk, Assessment Services

Margret Bollerup — Department Assistant, Mathematics & Statistics

Angela Reid — Committees Assistant, Faculty of Professional Studies

Thomas Barnes — Janitor

Sarah Joyal — Janitor

Elizabeth Bourget — Janitor

Randy Lamont — Janitor

Cody Watson — Lab Coordinator, Graphic & Digital Design

Amanjit Pandher — Senior Technical Analyst

Kara Bertram — Manager, Global Engagement moved from Coordinator, Contract Training & Study Tour

Mallory Manley — Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer moved from Assistant to the Director of Finance

Kulwant Gill — Academic Advisor moved from Instructional Assistant, Upgrading & University Preparation Department

Eve Mix — Academic Advisor

Larissa Horne — Coordinator, Experiential Education

Longlong Huang — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, Mathematics & Statistics

Sandra Gillespie — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, Biology

Carl Janzen — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Professional Studies, Computer Information Systems

Masud Khawaja — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Professional Studies, Business

Jim Swaffield — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Professional Studies, Business

Jon Thomas — BC Regional Innovation Chair: Canada-India Partnership/Assistant Professor, Business

Gillian Hatfield — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Kinesiology

Erin Sawatzky — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Dental Assisting

Catherine Smith — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing

Sharon Reich — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing

Raji Balagopal — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Access & Continuing Education, Upgrading & University Preparation Department

Bradley Coupland — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Applied & Technical Studies/Automotive Service Technician

Gregory Wedel — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Applied & Technical Studies/Automotive Service Technician

Russell Thompson — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Applied & Technical Studies/Heavy Mechanical Trades

Spenser Julseth-White — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Applied & Technical Studies/Welding