Letters to the Community

COVID 19 Update: March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020
  Dear Members of the UBC Community: First of all, I want you to know that I’ve been thinking about you over this past week.  I know that UBC, like the whole world, has been under tremendous stress during these challenging times. I hope that you and your loved ones are well and that you […]

Spring Graduation: An Update

March 26, 2020
Many people, including students, faculty and staff, have been asking about the university’s plans for one of the highlights of the year, spring graduation. Today, I’d like to update you on our plans for this special event. I love graduation. Seeing our graduating students celebrating with their loved ones, always fills me with pride. This […]

COVID-19 Update: Working Together We Will Meet The Challenges We Face

March 18, 2020
Dear Members of the UBC Community: The COVID-19 crisis has created a challenge that none of us could imagine even several weeks ago.  There are many issues that we are all currently dealing with as a university, as a region, as a nation and globally. I wanted to reach out at this time to connect […]

Transition to online classes at UBC

March 13, 2020
As you know, governments and institutions around the world are grappling with the spread and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation continues to evolve and it has become an unprecedented scenario for the university.   Today I am announcing the transition to online classes effective Monday March 16, 2020 for the remainder of the […]

Community update on UBC’s response to COVID-19

March 12, 2020
I’m writing to update the community on UBC’s response to the quickly evolving situation with COVID-19. UBC is a community and it’s important for our community to know that our number one priority is to ensure our students, faculty and staff are supported and safe, whether in British Columbia or abroad. For updated information on […]

Robert H. Lee, CM, OBC, 1933-2020

February 20, 2020
It is with deep sadness and a great sense of loss that we learned of the passing of Dr. Robert (Bob) H. Lee, CM, OBC, former Chancellor of UBC and Chairman of UBC Properties Trust on February 19, 2020. I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family on behalf of the entire […]

February 2020

February 7, 2020
Welcome Welcome to the February 2020 issue of Letter from Santa, a regular communication to members of the UBC community.   Highlights Climate Emergency Update UBC Most International University in North America Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Musqueam First Nation Honoured UBC Press tops Hill Times’ list of 100 best non-fiction books Nadine Caron named founding First […]

National remembrance of those lost in Iran

January 13, 2020
Universities across Canada will join together in a moment of silence to recognize those lost and affected by the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. I ask that students, faculty and staff please pause and remember the victims, and consider the impact the impact on their families, loved ones and communities across the country […]

Update: Next Steps Following Climate Emergency Declaration and Commitment to Divestment

January 10, 2020
Summary Statement The climate crisis is one of the most pressing issues of our time and UBC wants to ensure that our community and the public is informed of the actions that the university is taking as a leader in sustainability and climate action. This update provides the context of President Santa Ono’s Climate Emergency […]

Flags lowered in memory of victims of Flight 752 tragedy

January 9, 2020
Flags have been lowered on UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses today in memory of those who died in the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 tragedy in Iran, including four members of our UBC community. It is with great sadness that I can now report the death of alumna Niloofar Razzaghi who graduated with a Bachelor […]

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