Director's Message

 

To alumni and friends,

 

Thousands of students virtually return to UBC this month. It’s not an ideal situation, but we know our beautiful campus is not the only reason why UBC is so special. Beyond the physical, the university’s back to school vision reminds us UBC is its people, who are connected by academic excellence, the courage to delve deeper, and the passion to become the person you want to be – no matter what.

 

This month’s newsletter features stories of our alumni, faculty, and students, that demonstrate these very qualities of academic excellence, courage, and passion. We have faculty spearheading valuable research on COVID-19, and two of our professor emeriti, Nancy Gallini and Craig Riddell, were recently named fellows to the Canadian Economics Association, one of our field’s highest honours.

 

Our students have also been recognized for their academic prowess, like incoming MA student Jamie Emery, a prize-winning young scholar. Economics students have also shown a commitment to community and compassion that inspires us all, whether it’s helping to feed frontline workers and support local restaurants, like 2020 graduate Patrisse Chan (BIE’20), or fundraising for Indigenous, Black, and queer causes, like students Felipe Grosso and Amedeus D’Souza.

 

The alumni you’ll hear from in this month’s newsletter are Aaron Chin (BA’12) and Namomba Shaputu (BA’20), who are both making their mark here in Vancouver. In their Q&A’s, I am struck by Aaron’s advice to “dream big” and Namomba’s advice to “be curious” and “take time every now and then to reflect on your identity and core values.” The past several months has shown us that we need to do exactly that; because our changing world needs big thinkers, and even bigger ideas.

 

As VSE and UBC alumni, I know you have the ability to channel your own academic or work excellence, courage, and passion into something truly special, into positive change, whether that's in your personal life, community, or career. No matter what.

 

Until next time,

Prof. Patrick Francois, VSE Director


 

Alumni News

 

ALUMNI Q&A WITH AARON CHIN (BA’12)

 

Alumnus Aaron Chin talks about his career as a young CEO & his UBC experience in this Q&A.

 

ALUMNI Q&A WITH NAMOMBA SHAPUTU (BA’20)

 

Namomba Shaputu is part of the first graduating class since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Learn about her experience looking for her first job post-graduation and how she address career ambiguity.


 

Faculty News

 

TWO VSE PROFS. EMERITI NAMED 2020 CEA FELLOWS

 

Professor Emeriti Nancy Gallini and Craig Riddell have been elected Fellows of the Canadian Economics Association.

 

UBC ECONOMISTS ANALYZE INITIAL IMPACTS OF COVID-19 ON LABOUR MARKET

 

Using April 2020 data, UBC researchers say we can better understand Canada’s path to economic recovery.

 

UBC ECONOMISTS CREATE TOOL TO MEASURE COVID-19 RISK IN BC JOBS

 

The tool can assess the risks and benefits of reopening different sectors of BC’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

EARLIER MANDATORY MASK POLICY IN THE U.S. COULD HAVE SAVED THOUSANDS OF LIVES, ARGUES NEW COVID-19 WORKING PAPER

 

The spread of COVID-19 in the United States could have been dramatically reduced if a mandatory mask policy was enacted in every state beginning April 1, argues a new working paper from the VSE & MIT.

 


 

Student News

 

VSE STUDENTS HOLD “WORKATHON” TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ANTI-RACIST & QUEER CAUSES

 

A group of VSE students held a “workathon” fundraiser for Black, Indigenous, and queer organizations at the end of June.

 

HELPING HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND LOCAL RESTAURANTS WITH ONE CLEVER IDEA

 

BIE student Patrisse Chan has started an initiative to help feed frontline workers and support local businesses.

 

INCOMING VSE MASTER’S STUDENT RECEIVES TOP PRIZES FROM SSHRC & BANK OF CANADA

 

Jamie Emery is a promising young researcher entering the VSE’s master’s program.

 

VSE HONOURS STUDENT RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP BY UBC ARTS

 

George Radner is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Leader in the UBC Community & Beyond award.

 

VSE HONOURS STUDENT WINS BEST UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PAPER AWARD

 

Jaycee Tolentino is this year’s award recipient from the Bank of Canada & the Canadian Economics Association.

 

NEW BIE GRADUATES TACKLE LIFE AFTER UBC AMID COVID-19 RECESSION

 

More than 65 students from around the world graduate from BIE this year.

 


 

Events

 

UBC HOMECOMING 2020 | SEPTEMBER 25 - 27

 

Join us in a virtual celebration featuring an all-star line-up of UBC notables, familiar faces and surprise guests.


 

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