Real Estate Foundation of BC supports College’s Centre of ExcellenceThe Centre of Excellence fundraising campaign received a large boost last week when Karin Kirkpatrick, CEO of the Real Estate Foundation of BC, visited the Penticton campus to announce a $100,000 donation.
“Our Board has been impressed by the vision of Okanagan College and its leadership team in their pursuit of innovation and in their commitment to creating learning resources for living building technology in the Centre of Excellence,” said Kirkpatrick.
“Supporting this building and the programming that will develop as a result of the new space was a natural fit for our organization. Land use knowledge, sustainability and conservation are the driving forces behind everything we do as we seek to provide leadership in land use and work to align resources in this province.”
The six-figure donation was received by President Jim Hamilton and Rick and Yasmin Thorpe, Honorary Co-Chairs of the Centre of Excellence Fundraising Campaign.
Follow this link to read the complete Public Affairs press release.
Orientation events a success across the regionEvery campus hosted successful and welcoming orientation day events for students on Tuesday, Sept. 7 when the College opened its doors for the fall semester.
In Penticton more than 200 students attended Day One events that included a welcome from Regional Dean Donna Lomas and Associate Dean of Business, Barry McGillivray. Organizers then sent students off on a treasure hunt, which familiarized them with the campus layout, bookstore and many other services. The afternoon included a lunchtime BBQ, games, prizes and the opportunity to take on President Hamilton and Joanna Campbell in a game of Wii (we won’t report the outcome of those matches).
Up the lake in Kelowna Day One took on a new format. For the first time programs joined forces to provide a campus-wide celebration of the first day of school. Students were welcomed by third-year Business student, Josh Fleming, Regional Dean Ed Benoit and President Jim Hamilton (who started his day welcoming students in Kelowna and ended it in Penticton). Events included fun games and activities to win prizes donated from the College and community. The award winning student-built Trebuchet was dusted off and put to use as Civil instructors and students flung T-shirts into a crowd of eagerly awaiting students.
Orientation events also took place in Salmon Arm and Vernon, where students were welcomed to campus and given lots of information to help them succeed at Okanagan College.
Lent and Dewinetz wrap up A Verse to SummerIn the final installment of CBC Daybreak's A Verse to Summer, four Okanagan College staff put the finishing touches on a memorable eighth season of poetry.
As always, poetry tzar Jake Kennedy was in studio with Marion Barschel to provide the poets with a summertime question from a listener. A Verse to Summer saved two of its finest poets for the last inning - Regional Dean and Poet Laureate John Lent and English instructor Jason Dewinetz. In an unusual twist, the listener who suggested their topic was also an Okanagan College employee - the Vernon Library's very own Karen Friesen.
Karen's question for John and Jason was a simple but evocative inquiry - where do all the students go?
If you though John and Jason might have an easy time answering that question, think again. Jake Kennedy imposed his most elaborate set of constraints yet. Follow this link to listen to Jake dole out constraints as if they were candy.
Wondering if John and Jason were able to rise to the challenge? Listen to their tandum answer to the question - where do all the students go?
Coyotes athletics to raise funds for student athletes and teamsThe Okanagan College Coyotes Baseball and Hockey teams are holding the inaugural Coyotes Athletics Fundraising Breakfast on Thursday, October 28 from 7-9 a.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna. The event will give members of the College community, fans of the team and community members the opportunity to meet some of the players, find out more about Coyotes Athletics and support the teams’ fundraising goals.
The keynote speaker at the event will be NHL hall of famer Glen Anderson. Anderson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008, represented Team Canada at the 1980 Olympics and is best known for his years with the Edmonton Oilers – where he won five Stanley Cups. He also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.
Tickets to the Coyotes Fundraising Breakfast are available at a cost of $100 per person or $750 for a table of eight. Contact Mike Craig to reserve your tickets.
Connections 2010With another event wrapped up, the Connections 2010 organizing team would like to extend a thank you to everyone who contributed to and participated in this year's employee learning conference. The two days saw nearly half of Okanagan College’s staff enjoy a great event; from the OC video to Chris Schneider's energetic and entertaining guest lecture, learning sessions, and the afternoon's terrific entertainment (thank you Tom and Sergei).
Whether you were able to attend or not, please take a few minutes to complete this survey to help make next year’s event even better. The survey closes on Friday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m.
NTEn students recognized by TELUSFor the fourth year in a row TELUS has awarded $5,000 to three of Okanagan College’s top performing Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology (NTEn) students through the Jordy Koenig TELUS Scholarship, bringing TELUS’ total contribution to Okanagan College students to $20,000.
Scholarships were presented on Wednesday in front of the largest classes of first and second year NTEn programs Okanagan College has ever seen. Troy Berg was awarded $2,500, Jeffrey Nishi earned $1,500 and Colin MacDonald accepted the award for $1,000.
The scholarship was developed in 2007 to support students who successfully complete the first year of the program on a full-time basis and enter the second and final year of NTEn. Named after one of TELUS’ own employees, 30-year TELUS veteran Jordy Koenig, the scholarship is aimed at supporting students and more closely connecting students to employers, while helping to bridge the gap between education and industry.
Taking an interest in students enrolled in NTEn has been a valuable investment for TELUS. Since they began offering the scholarship in 2007, they have hired 5 out of the 12 scholarship winners. In total, TELUS currently employs 22 graduates of Okanagan College’s NTEn program.
Follow this link to read the complete Public Affairs press release.
Summer months see IT Services hard at work
With the majority of students and faculty off campus for the summer, IT Services had the opportunity to complete a number of projects. Ever wondered what the IT team was up to over the past months?
• Moved 1,700 machines to the new network
• Migrated over 20,000 student accounts
• Upgraded 322 computers and monitors in labs
• Replaced 279 laptops as part of the cyclical replacement program
• Returned over 1,000 pieces of computer equipment to our leasing company
• Installed 802.11n high speed wireless in Vernon and the Centre for Learning
• Oversaw the destruction process of 465 boxes of records that had reached their retention period
• Conducted eight sessions at Connections on Data Security, the new Network and Active Content Management (website)
• Provided 22 Educational Technology workshops
• Assisted 1,103 students and staff at the Help Desk
• Set up two new labs – one in the Kelowna Library and one at the Vernon Campus
• Rolled out a new image deployment system
• Research underway to meet PCI (credit card) compliance
• New Password Recovery feature for myOkanagan logins
• On-line booking system now available for students to book study rooms in CFL and Kelowna Library
• On-line calendar developed, enhanced Classfinders for Academic and CS, Program Search now available
• New look and log in page for myOkanagan
• Classifieds Channel ready to roll out
• Began hiring IT Monitors to work in computer labs and the Information Commons
• Testing schedule rolled out for Thanksgiving upgrade of Banner
• Improved Lab Monitor system for tracking and managing applications
• Electronic document imaging capture in the Executive Office
To find out more about any of these projects, contact Deborah Matheson.
Claudette Kendel retires, receives literacy awardSeptember is shaping up to be a busy month for Revelstoke’s Claudette Kendel. Claudette will be retiring from Okanagan College this month after 20 years of service in education. She was honoured by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (Revelstoke) on International Literacy Day as the first recipient of the Community Literacy Award, which recognizes commitment to literacy, innovation and creativity that inspires or motivates others to learn.
A large group of Claudette’s colleagues were on hand to surprise and support her as she received the award, as well as special visitors Regional Dean Jim Barmby, President Jim Hamilton and Vice President Andrew Hay.
In the nomination letter she wrote for Claudette, Community Literacy Coordinator Tracy Spannier had this to say about Claudette.
“She has inspired so many students in her time teaching at Okanagan College – including many adults who would have otherwise never completed their high school education. Rarely have I met an individual as influential as Claudette, and I have met few people in the literacy world more dedicated to guiding adults to overcome barriers to reach their potential. She sets the benchmark for what all good literacy advocates should be.”
Claudette’s last day at Okanagan College will be Sept. 15.
Douglas brothers come to townAaron Douglas, star of CTV’s The Bridge and Battlestar Galactica (also son of Michael Douglas, Human Service Work instructor) will join facilitator Chris Douglas, author of Human An Operator’s Manual (and also Michael’s son) for an evening event at the Mary Irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna on October 1.
Aaron, a graduate of KLO high school, acted in Kelowna’s Shakespeare in the Park before he moved to Vancouver to attend acting school. Since graduating from William Davis Centre for Actors, he has been in numerous TV shows and movies.
On Friday, October 1, Aaron will tell stories from Hollywood about his experiences on set, and some from his personal life as an actor. He will also talk about how he overcame challenges and obstacles to find success in a difficult industry.
Chris, who will facilitate the evening, will talk about the psychology behind overcoming adversity and will explain the principles of Aaron’s success. Chris holds a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology and is launching his first book Human An Operator’s Manual that evening.
To find out more about Aaron and his career visit: www.aarondouglasfans.com. To reserve your tickets, go online.
Sept. 14, 2010 Vol. 4 Issue 12
Coyotes hockey schedule now availableThe Okanagan College Coyotes Hockey team has solidified its fall and winter schedule for regular season game play. Follow this link to a pdf of the schedule.
Fans of the team will be pleased to know the Coyotes will play home games at Kelowna’s Memorial Arena. For more information about the team, visit: www.ochockey.ca or become a fan on Facebook.
Fit for fall team challengeThe Team Challenge is back in Kelowna. The Team Challenge is an opportunity for you and your co-workers and/or students to participate in an 8-week physical activity challenge, which will help integrate physical activity into your daily living. Gather four co-workers or students, elect a team captain and sign up today.