LFS TA Orientation Day


You are invited to the LFS TA Training Orientation! This event is for new and returning TAs for both Term 1 and Term 2.

If you will be TAing in LFS in any capacity in the 2014/2015 year, the Faculty STRONGLY encourages your attendance. The Orientation Day will also include an informational session run by the TA Union, CUPE 2278, which is mandatory for all UBC teaching assistants.

At the orientation, you will become familiar with:

  • Resources on campus that can be used to build your teaching skills
  • Key people and policies relevant to the TA role
  • The expectations of you as a TA and what you can expect in your position
  • How to best manage or respond to potential challenging classroom situations
  • Strategies for working in a multidisciplinary courses that are group work focused

Date: Tuesday September 9th
and Coffee: 9:30 am
Sessions: 10am – 3:30pm
Where: AGORA CAFE, MacMillan Building (2357 Main Mall)

**Free morning coffee, lunch, and midafternoon refreshments provided.

Register here before Tuesday September 2nd at midnight, for planning and catering purposes.

If you have any questions or are unable to attend, please email schrod10@mail.ubc.ca.

New Grad Student Orientation (FoGPS)


The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has announced their August 2014 orientation schedule for incoming students. Orientation will take place over three days, August 27 – 29, with the 27th set aside for international students, the 28th for all students, and the 29th to introduce the Graduate Student Society (GSS).

Please visit http://orientation.grad.ubc.ca/schedules/august-2014/ for details.

Term 2 TA Orientation


The LFS TA Training Program is kicking off the new term with a TA Orientation session for new and returning TAs who did not attend the Orientation in September 2013.

When: 4-6pm on January 16th, 2014
Where: MCML 350

This is a great opportunity for TAs to become familiar with resources, contact people, and policies that they can use to build their teaching/marking skills. If you will be working with any TAs who are new to TA’ing in LFS this term, you can help them prepare for their TA-ship by encouraging them to attend this event.

TAs must register here before January 15th at midnight to secure their spot in the orientation. Questions, feedback? Please e-mail bryannathiel@gmail.com.

2013-2014 Orientation for New Students


Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | Location:  AGORA – MacMillan Building Lower Level

  • 12:00 – 12:30    Welcome and Introductions
    •   The Dean’s Welcome – Murray Isman
    •   Associate Dean, Graduate Programs Welcome – Dan Weary and/or Nina von Keyserlingk
    •   Welcome from the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies – Jacqui Brinkman
    •   Welcome from the LFS Graduate Student Council – George Furey
    •   Welcome and Introduction to The UBC Farm – Veronik Campbell
    •   Welcome and Introduction to the LFS Graduate Student Office – Shelley Small & Lia Dragan
  • 12:30 – 1:00  Information session and questions
  • 1:00 – 1:30  Information & question session specifically for research-based graduate students

“Welcome new graduate students within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems!  Our Graduate Student Office is here to help you succeed in making the transition to UBC and to the challenges of graduate studies. Please let us know if we can help you at any point during your studies.” Dan Weary & Nina von Keyserlingk, Associate Deans, Graduate Programs – LFS


“Welcome to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.  Our Faculty is home to a broad range of graduate programs, so in turn our graduate students represent a wide spectrum of research and professional areas of interest.  And while this phase of your academic journey provides you with the opportunity to develop your own area of expertise, take advantage of the diversity among you to explore other areas that collectively support our mission – to address fundamental issues around human health, a sustainable food supply and the responsible use of finite land and water resources.  UBC has abundant resources available to enrich your academic and social experience as a graduate student;  take advantage of the opportunities before you.  I wish every one of you success in your chosen field of study and graduate program.” Murray B. Isman, Dean and Professor (Entomology/Toxicology)


“Welcome to graduate studies in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) from the LFS Graduate Student Council. We are your student graduate departmental organization that aims to enrich our graduate experience through peer-lead events and initiatives.

We aim to foster peer involvement and to build and maintain a lively graduate community in our faculty.  Our events and initiatives cover all aspects of graduate life from social events, research and conference attendance, to providing professional development and leadership opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the LFSGSC executive or discovering other leadership opportunities on campus through the UBC Graduate Student Society, then come out to our bi-monthly meetings and stay tuned for upcoming events through email, join us on Facebook, or check our webpage at http://grads.landfood.ubc.ca/. We will be holding elections for all executive positions for the upcoming year. For more information contact George at lfsgrads@gmail.com” George Furey, Co-Chair – LFSGSC

NEW LFS graduate students Orientation – pizza lunch


In September, we will be welcoming 74 new LFS graduate students!  All of our new grad students are invited to an orientation pizza lunch.  This is an informal opportunity for new students to meet each other, members of LFS faculty and staff, LFS Graduate Student Council, and invited guests from The UBC Farm and The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  Please RSVP to Lia (lia.maria@ubc.ca) by August 30th.