New Role, Who Dis?

posted on behalf of Hilary Finch

I’m sure many of you, especially those of you at the Okanagan campus, are familiar with our most “seasoned” team member, Anthony Dodds.

After graduating from UBC’s Okanagan campus in… well, let’s just say it was a long time ago… Anthony decided to stick around. From managing the beloved Well to managing the phones, he held a variety of positions on campus before settling into the crazy and wonderful world of recruitment.

He often describes himself as the “old guy” on the team, and while I won’t comment on his age, I will say that many of us on the team (myself included) appreciate Anthony’s endless experience and infinite wisdom. He is someone I can always go to for an answer or a good laugh, as well as the most up-to-date stats for the Edmonton Oilers.

While this may sound like a sappy send-off or a retirement post, this is actually just a quick update on Anthony’s new position. Anthony has recently accepted a new role as the Manager, Student Recruitment and Advising. Fortunately for us he has decided to stick around and we are grateful for his continued leadership on the team.

Congratulations Anthony!

Rotten Tomatoes… and we’re not talking about bad produce.

posted on behalf of Hilary Finch

Are you looking for a fun way to mix up your staff meetings? Or perhaps a way for your team to connect by the virtual watercooler?

Introducing the Rotten Tomatoes game.

This has become a bit of an ongoing tradition at the Okanagan campus. Before we started working from home, our lunchroom was often visited by colleagues from Student Recruitment, the International Student Initiative, Marketing and Communications, Admissions and Awards, and Aboriginal Programs and Services. We used to play this on almost a weekly basis during our lunch hour. We are so committed that we even have a mock medal that is given to the winner, who is then responsible for scheduling the next round, and choosing the category/movies. It’s a big deal!

So, you’re probably wondering, how does this game work?

The person hosting the round will need to choose a category or topic. For example, movies about sports. They will then need to choose five different movies that fit into that category. For example, my list might look like this:

  1. Space Jam (1996)
  2. Remember the Titans (2000)
  3. Happy Gilmore (1996)
  4. The Sandlot (1993)
  5. Dodgeball (2004)

It’s always better for the host to choose the categories and the movies in advance, as that will give them time to look up the answers and have them ready for the game. Once the host has decided on the five movies, they will need to look them up individually on the Rotten Tomatoes website. You should see a screen that looks like the one below.

You will see two numbers. One is called the “Tomatometer” and the other is the “Audience Score”. You will need to record the number associated with the “Tomatometer”, which is how critics have rated the film. You’ll notice that the numbers will differ by a significant amount, so it’s important that you are looking at the right one.

Now, you may be wondering, “but Hilary, why wouldn’t we look at the Audience Score instead? Won’t that be easier?”. And to that I say yes, it will be easier, which is precisely the problem. The audience score is too predictable, so participants’ guesses will be a lot more accurate. The less challenging it is, the less fun it will be. So just trust me and stick with the critics’ rating.

You can play this game with as many or as few people as you want. Each player will need to have a pen and a piece of paper. They could also type their answers, but it just won’t be the same experience. As the host lists off each of the movies, each participant will be asked to write down their guess, but not to share with other players. They will need to guess what score the critics gave the film out of 100%. The host may want to set a time limit for how long participants have to record their answer – one or two minutes should be plenty of time. The host will then continue this process for each movie on the list, until people have listed their score for all five.

Once participants have locked in their guess for each of the fives movies, the host will then share the actual “Tomatometer” score. Participants should record this number directly next to their response for that movie. Once the host has provided all of the answers, participants will need to do a little bit of math to find the difference between their score and the critics’ score. They should record the difference next to each movie. Once they have all of their final numbers for each of the movies, participants will need to add all five of these final numbers together. The player with the lowest total wins the round! Below is an example of me losing three different rounds in a recent SRA Rotten Tomatoes game. I never said I was good at this!

The best part about this game is that there’s absolutely no skill or strategy involved. Other people (who have actually won before) may tell you otherwise, but don’t listen to them. It’s all about giving it your best shot and hoping it goes well! So give it a try and let me know how your team does!

Happy guessing everyone!

“Me, Myself, and My MacBook” – The Year of Virtual Recruitment

posted on behalf of Hilary Finch

This recruitment season looks a little different for our SRA team. Okay, it looks A LOT different. In past years, our recruitment events might have looked like this:

Or even this…

But this year, it’s going to look more like this:

Instead of seeing the smiling faces of our prospective students and connecting with counsellors in-person, we will be perpetually staring into a tiny green dot and hoping that people are at least laughing at our jokes on the other side of their blank Zoom screens.

Due to these unprecedented times, we will be hosting all of our recruitment events from home in a virtual format.

*** Side note: I say that we start a game, and whenever someone says “working from home”, “virtual”, or “unprecedented”, we all have to take a sip of our pumpkin spice lattes. With that being said, please enjoy your caffeinated beverages responsibly. ***

When our team first transitioned to working from home, and was forced to cancel our spring travel and events, I wondered what we were going to do. But the SRA team didn’t waste a second and immediately came up with new strategies and ideas for supporting both incoming and prospective UBC students. This included online, one-on-one advising appointments via Zoom, faculty-specific presentations, and general information sessions. These advising appointments and online sessions were extremely successful, and were greatly appreciated by both students and parents. With all of the uncertainty about what would be happening this fall, it was important for us to stay connected and to provide continual support.

The success of these online initiatives is a testament to how hardworking and adaptable our team really is. And with this experience behind us, I am confident that our team will be able to continue supporting prospective students and will make this recruitment season one to remember!

Meet the team! Introducing the new members of Student Recruitment & Advising

Name: Kristen Davis
Pronouns: She/ her/ hers
Role: Community Liaison Manager, Indigenous Students
Campus: Vancouver

Favourite pastimes: Playing softball, hiking, and camping.
Favourite food: Salmon
Favourite movie/ TV show: Schitt’s Creek, Game of Thrones (minus the last season), The Witcher, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother. Can’t pick just one!
Favourite place to be: On the baseball field; with family on our traditional fishing grounds; outside in the forest near freshwater.
Do you have any pets? No pets. I have two sons, Trajan (14) and Talon (5), both of whom would LOVE to have a dog… I’m working on adopting!

Professional background: Previously an environmental consultant with First Nation clients, providing technical reviews for environmental assessment applications. Also worked for First Nations Health Authority in the Drinking Water Safety Program.

Personal background: I am from the Gitxsan and Nisga’a Nations near Terrace, BC. I grew up in Gitlakt’aamiks and Terrace, BC until I relocated to Vancouver for college. I am a first-generation University graduate in my family, transferring to UBC from Langara College, and graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology. I am also in the middle of my Master of Science degree in Environmental Practice at RRU (online).


Name: Ellie (Eleanor) Ball
Pronouns: She/ her/ hers
Role: Associate Recruiter Admissions Advisor
Campus: Vancouver

Favourite pastimes: Working out and having a cuppa (not simultaneously).
Favourite food: Dim sum
Favourite movie/ TV show: I’m currently obsessed with How to Get Away with Murder (the TV show, not the crime itself).
Favourite place to be: At Jericho Beach looking out at the water and the mountains… this never gets old.
Do you have any pets? No, unless you count my new spider plant. Plant care tips are welcome!

Professional background: Previously, I’ve worked in sales, administration and retail, most recently working for RYU Apparel. I have also been a CrossFit coach for over 5 years, including some periods as a lead coach. I moved to the ARAA position in August, having completed a cycle as an Admissions Coordinator on the international team.

Personal background: I grew up in a small town in England called Bromsgrove. In 2015, I moved to Vancouver for UBC as an ILOT recipient. I graduated with a BA in French. My passions include languages and cultures, fitness and cooking.


Name: Chloe Erlendson
Pronouns: She/ her/ hers
Role: Recruiter Advisor, Indigenous Students
Campus: Vancouver

Favourite pastime: Beading, camping, cooking and baking.
Favourite food: Sourdough bread (which I taught myself how to make last year).
Favourite movie/ TV show: Little America, Gilmore Girls, The Office, Broadchurch.
Favourite place to be: at home, beading, drinking tea, and re-watching Gilmore Girls for the 50th time; camping somewhere remote in BC; at home in Manitoba, walking the forest and fields with my family.
Do you have any pets? Yes, I have a cat named Pip – she is around 5 years old but hasn’t grown much bigger than a kitten.

Professional background: After university, I worked for a short time as a family support worker at a community centre in the Downtown East Side. I then started in 2016 with SRA as an Associate Recruiter Advisor, Aboriginal Students (now the Community Liaison Manager, Indigenous Students) to launch the Indigenous campus tours program. In 2018, I started a new role as an Enrolment Services Advisor and worked primarily on Indigenous financial and enrolment support initiatives. More recently, I began a secondment in February 2020 with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology in the Indigenous Initiatives Unit as an Educational Consultant. While I have held a variety of positions at UBC, and am grateful for the experience and knowledge I gained in each of them, I am really excited to be re-joining SRA in this new position.

Personal background: I am Métis with Cree, Anishinaabe, French and Icelandic ancestry. My family lines stem from the Red River settlement in Treaty 1, but I was raised on Treaty 2 territory in rural Manitoba for most of my childhood. I went to high school in Guelph, Ontario and moved to Vancouver to attend UBC when I was 18. I majored in First Nations and Indigenous Studies with a minor in English Literature. I now live in Mount Pleasant and spend a lot of my free time doing beadwork, which I often gift to friends and family and also sell online. Beadwork is an important Métis and Indigenous artistic cultural practice that I have worked really hard to reclaim for myself and my family.


Name: Amber Lesage
Role: Recruiter Advisor, Indigenous Students
Campus: Okanagan

Professional background: Amber is Anishinaabe from Garden River First Nation and brings experience working with Hockey Canada’s National Woman’s Under-18 program to the SRA team. Amber’s role focused on providing critical first point of contact support to high achieving individuals, ensuring they had the skills and knowledge to succeed at the National Team level. These experiences in youth development are directly related to our student recruitment efforts and will assist greatly to the achievement of our enrolment goals for Indigenous learners.