Frequently Asked Questions
When and where does Parent Conference take place?
Parent Conference 2016 takes place on Sun Sept 4 at 1:30pm intentionally timed to occur after residence move-in wraps. The welcome will take place in the Gym at 1:30pm, and concurrent sessions will take place in the Gym and the Arts Building. There will be plenty of volunteers to help direct folks to the places they would like to be!
The event is called Parent Conference - can any family member attend?
Any family member that will be supporting a new-to-UBC student is welcome to join us at Parent Conference. Please note: sessions will be tailored to suit the needs and perspectives of parents/guardians of new-to-UBC students. Students are welcome to join in for the campus tours, but students will have the chance to do a tailored campus tour during Create New Student Orientation.
Should my new-to-UBC student attend Parent Conference?
In sum: no. Parent Conference is specifically for the parents and family members of new-to-UBC students. Your student does not need to attend Parent Conference as they will be well informed about the programs and resources available to them through their specific orientation programs.
My student isn't living on-campus in their first year. Should I still come to Parent Conference?
Absolutely! We even have a session specifically tailored to parents of commuting students.
What will my student be doing while I'm attending Parent Conference?
If your student is moving into on-campus student residence, they will be participating in their mandatory floor meeting with their Residence Advisor in the afternoon. During this meeting, your student will meet their Residence Advisor, their community members, and learn about community standards. Parents and siblings can not attend these floor meetings.
Can I bring my student's siblings?
You are welcome to bring the siblings of your student along if they would like to join you.
Parent Conference takes place after residence student move in. Where can I find details about residence move in?
All sorts of wonderful information about move in day and great check lists (Before you leave home and What should I pack) are all available from Student Housing and Hospitality Services' website. Check out this quick video on what to expect on move-in day!
My student is participating in Jumpstart or Kick Start. What are you offering parents/families of participants in those programs?
Parents and family members will be offered a session with both programs.
- UBC Okanagan Jump Start orientation parent session - Mon Aug 29, 9:30am-12noon, meet in 2nd floor foyer of the University Centre. Please register online!
- Kick Start Orientation parent session - Tues Aug 30, 4:00-5:00pm in Arts and Science Centre room ASC 140
If I participate in a parent session through Jumpstart or Kick Start, should I also attend Parent Conference?
You are more than welcome to join us for both your specific parent session as well Parent Conference. You may find that all of your questions are answered by attending the specific parent session or you may find that you would like to learn more at Parent Conference.
What is the format for the day?
Our Parent Conference schedule is in development and will be set later in the summer. Those who register will be emailed with specific details for the day, including our schedule.
Based on the feedback of participants from previous years, we will to offer three optional campus tours before Parent Conference at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm. These tours will leave from our central courtyard area. The Conference will begin with a welcome in the Gym at 1:30pm.
After a welcome in the Gym in the afternoon, parents and family members will participate in three concurrent sessions. The first concurrent session offers two presentation offerings - one for parents for commuting students, and one for parents of on-campus housing students. The second and third concurrent sessions offer a near-identical selection presentations for you to choose from. Most of the sessions that are offered in the second concurrent session are offered in the third so that you won't miss the sessions you'd like to attend. The only exceptions are the Aboriginal Student Experience and International Student Experience sessions which are only being offered once each.
Previous parents have suggested bringing a pen and paper for note taking.
What happens if there are more sessions that you would like to attend than concurrent sessions available?
All of the presentations being offered and the contact information of the presenters will be available online so that you can catch up with the content you are curious about. Previous parents have suggested that if you are attending with your partner that you may wish to attend different sessions to attend all the session of interest.
Can I bring my dog to Parent Conference?
Although dogs are a part of our families, we suggest that you leave your pets at home or in the care of someone you trust. If you have traveled to Kelowna with your student and brought your pet with you, you may consider boarding your pet for the day at a local dog daycare.
Local dog daycare Bark n’ Fly will be offering a special UBCO Move-In Day discounted price for their daycare services and special extended hours to accommodate those attending Parent Conference. The UBCO Move-In day rate is $10 (plus tax) for a full day of dog daycare, 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Please note: All those interested in taking their dogs to Bark n’ Fly must bring proof of current vaccinations for Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza (typically in one combined vaccine called DA2PP), and Bordetella (kennel cough). Dogs over the age of 10 years require only the Bordetella vaccination. Questions can be directed Bark n’ Fly at 250-765-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course, if you have a service dog they are welcome to accompany you. Contact us if you have any questions about your pet.
What about parking?
UBC Okanagan Parking Services is providing complementary parking on-campus between 8:00am and 8:00pm on Sun Sept 4. Folks may not park in fire lanes and must display a proper permit if parking in wheelchair accessible spots.
Last reviewed 8/22/2016 9:42:21 AM
Contact Liz Hilliard
Manager, Campus Life
Campus Life office, University Centre UNC 329B