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Every September we have an Orientation Day. It is the second Saturday after the first day of classes. We spend the day teaching student associations how to run their finances properly including budgeting, reimbursing, expenses and how to apply for funding to create great events and activities on campus. We also teach you how to run successful events on campus, seek sponsorship from the community and participate in campaigns to improve the lives of students. It is mandatory for 2 executives from each Student Association to attend orientation if your Student Association is wanting to apply for Winter term 1 funding from the Students' Union.
Expo is a large outdoor event held in the courtyard that provides Student Associations the opportunity to promote themselves to incoming and returning students. Campus and community partners also participate in Expo so it provides Student Associations an opportunity to network and make connections. Because it is outdoors, we have room for all Student Associations as long as they have confirmed their renewal status with the Students’ Union and signed up to participate. The Students’ Union usually does a big barbeque with free hamburgers/veggie burgers and a table to meet your Students’ Union crew and get free swag! This event is a lot of fun and interactive every year!
Every January we have an Council Meeting that is similar to Orientation about updates and new business. It is the second Thursday evening after the first day of classes. We spend the time reviewing relevant information and updating any changes that have occured since Orientation. We will also have an open townhall forum to find out what our Student Associations need from us and to share ideas. It is mandatory for 1 executive from each Student Association to attend the council meeting if your Student Association is wanting to apply for Winter term 2 funding from the Students' Union.
Winter Expo is an indoor event, usually held in EME every January that provides Student Associations the opportunity to promote themselves to students. It is more low key than the main Expo held in September, we can only accommodate 60 Student Associations due to spacing. Campus and community partners also participate in Winter Expo so it provides a second opportunity for Student Associations to network and make connections. Watch for sign-up emails in November. It is the first one to sign up, gets the table because of limited spacing.
Our Student Associations Appreciation Night is a celebration event that connects student leaders who have done their part in creating an amazing campus for students who attend UBC Okanagan through inclusive events, bake sales, education and group study sessions for midterms and finals. Two executives per Student Association are welcome to attend.