June 16, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 6
Vernon and Summer Convocation
Two Convocation ceremonies will be held later this June to confer credentials to Vernon and summer graduands.
- Vernon Convocation Tue, June 23 @ 4:30 p.m.
- Summer Convocation Thu, June 25 @ 6 p.m. (Kelowna campus)
For more information about Convocation, visit the website.
Submit conference session proposals
Proposals for conference sessions are now being accepted for the first annual Tiltshift Education Technology Conference at Okanagan College. The series of events will be held on Friday Sept. 25 in the evening, and continue throughout the day on Saturday Sept. 26. The conference is presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services.
The committee is looking for session proposals in the following streams: making the classroom a better place to be, learning online, new and improved tools for student learning and technology leadership. For further information please visit the Tiltshift website or contact Ross McKerlich.
Reach Out newsletter
A new edition of the Registrar’s Office e-newsletter Reach Out is now available online. It includes reminders of important dates, notification of Education Council approvals, program features and general information about what is happening in the Registrar’s Office. If you would like to be added to the email distribution list, or have any questions, email Carlyn Young.
Your donation could help Okanagan College Foundation win a $10K prize
Until the end of June, help the Okanagan College Foundation vie for a chance to win a valuable $10,000 donation prize from CanadaHelps to support student scholarships and awards through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Each dollar you donate earns the Foundation an entry into the grand prize. Contact Richard McAdam (local 4772), or visit the Foundation’s Facebook page or givingchallenge.ca for more information.
Kelowna gym summer hours
The fitness facility hours at the Kelowna campus will change for July and August (through to Friday Sept. 4). New hours will be:
Mon. to Fri.: open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sat. and Sun.: closed
Statutory holidays: closed
Become a host family for short-term international students
This summer, the College’s International Education Department Homestay Program is looking for Kelowna-area families to spend a part of the summer or early fall hosting some international students.
Program durations range between one and four weeks during July, August, and September. Homes on the Kelowna side of the bridge are preferred and must be on a good bus route.
Host requirements include:
Pre-arrival host meeting
Airport pickup and drop off
Provide three meals plus snacks per day
Private room with comfortable bed
Occasional ride to/from school or events
Host families receive approximately $25 per student per day. More information about hosting and an application form can be found online.
Employee health and wellness newsletter
The June edition of The Balance Sheet newsletter looks at how technology plays a role in our social wellbeing and health. Articles look at cellphone etiquette in social settings, and provide tips on how to slow down in a fast paced world to avoid burning out.
On Wednesday June 24, join a webinar titled “Optimizing health in the rising age of technology” where Mary Rocarelli presents strategies to stay healthy in a digital age. Register here.
Okanagan College’s employee and family assistance provider, Optum PPC Canada, provides information on issues regarding your health and wellbeing.
Connections 2015 registration
Aug. 18 -19 – Join your colleagues at the College’s 10th annual employee learning conference taking place at the Kelowna campus from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Employees can register for one of the two days here.
To plan your day, see full descriptions of each workshop on the Workshop Planner.
Explore effective learning & teaching environments at Planting The Seeds event
Aug 24 and 25 – New and continuing faculty are invited to participate in a two-day interactive workshop held at the Kelowna campus that will focus on creating effective learning and teaching environments. The "Planting The Seeds" event is presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services.
Much like planting a seed and watching it grow, learning and teaching provides a rewarding, organic experience of growth. This two-day workshop will look at the multiple topics to foster learner centered educational environments.
Register for the event by emailing Carla Whitten. Questions about the event can be directed to Ross McKerlich at ext. 4921.
Local media joined in celebrating the College’s Convocation ceremonies with stories dominating the weekend’s papers. The Okanagan Sunday recapped the ceremonies and Honorary Fellows addresses in the OC grads urged to change world for the better article in print and online, including a photo page of the day's events. In the same paper, managing editor Dave Trifunov published an editorial congratulating grads and advising them to pursue their passion. The Kelowna Daily Courier wrote about student Gurdeep Dhanoa’s education path from India to Okanagan College in the pursuit of a nursing career in a June 5 article appearing in print and online. The outlet also included an online photo gallery from the ceremonies. The Kelowna Capital News also shared Dhanoa’s success story online.
Stan Chung’s June 7 Global Citizen Column in the Okanagan Sunday and online describes seven points about how colleges create jobs. In response to his column, a letter to the editor in both the Penticton Herald and Kelowna Daily Courier from Bill Everitt, COO Southern Interior Construction Association, and Manley McLachlan, president of the B.C. Construction Association, supports Chung’s observations.
The Kelowna Capital News was quick to share news of graduating student Josh Wams’ gold medal win at the 2015 Skills Canada National Competition in the Electronics division in their online edition. KelownaNow.com also shared the good news including the two bronze medals students also brought home from the national challenge.
Being green earned some ink in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s June 15 paper, the feature article Recognition keeps coming for one of the world’s most sustainable building focuses on the Penticton campus earning the LEED Platinum designation. The Penticton Herald also shared the significant environmental achievement in their June 16 print edition, as did KelownaNow.com, and the Real Estate Management Industry Network.
News of students receiving $2,500 entrance awards through the Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends Entrance Scholarship for their studies at Okanagan College was captured by the Summerland Review in early June.
Another student award recipient, Catherine Links studying in the Health Care Assistant program, was noted as the recipient of the W. Brett Wilson Prize in the Business Examiner’s July issue.
The Business Examiner highlighted this year’s Okanagan College Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award winner Sareena Sharma Nickoli, as well as Young Alumni Award winner John Perrott in their July and June editions respectively.
The same outlet also published a recap of the Shuswap Launch-a-preneur. The event is co-organized by the College’s Enactus students, and the College’s instructor Andrew Klingel was one of the judges.
Another alumna in the news, Siobhan McManus, senior development officer at the KGH Foundation, is the 38th profile in the Daily Courier’s Top Forty Under Forty.
International student Rita Kabongoya, studying in Penticton, created a greeting cards project as part of InStill Life to help children in her home village of Kawsa, in Uganda. Her good-will efforts were captured in an article in the Penticton Herald’s June 8 print edition.
Splatsin Elder Edna Felix’s inspiring story about returning to a classroom 40 years later with the Stepping Forward Program was featured in the Vernon Morning Star’s online edition.
In a feature article with the Osoyoos Times on June 3, Steve Moores, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship, speaks about the increased demand of trained skilled professionals and in turn the increased interest by students to seek trades training.
The Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign reaching the $4-million mark was captured by the Vernon Morning Star in early June in print and online, and was also featured in the Kelowna Capital News print edition on June 10.
Additional campaign news about the donation made by Andrew Sheret Limited, was published in the Vernon Morning Star. While Okanagan Life Magazine chose to print a photo of Dale Lamb from D.K.L Financial Services and OC alumnus, to capture their contribution made to the campaign. In an online story, the Kelowna Capital News shared Northside Industries' donation to the campaign.
Staying in the know about all things RV, Forever Young Magazine published the schedule of seminars at the upcoming RV Owners Lifestyle Seminars to be held at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus June 19-22.
Foodies were given notice of the new June 10 Food Flicks event, in partnership with Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts program, with a post on KelownaNow.com and also via the Kelowna Capital News online edition.
A Global Okanagan segment looking at the rise of trendy restaurants in downtown Kelowna included commentary by Chef Bernard Casavant, Culinary Arts Manager at the College and Director of the B.C. Restaurant Association.
From food to wine, KelownaNow shared submission details for the B.C. Wine Awards, which will be judged in the fall at the Okanagan College B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre in Penticton.
Okanagan College professor Colin Snowsell’s short story titled “Krankowsky," published in the University of Victoria’s esteemed literary journal the Malahat Review, led to him being interviewed in the June issue of the Malahat Review Lite.
The Kelowna Capital News online reported that an economic roundtable of business leaders, including Dr. Heather Banham, Dean of the College’s School of Business, agreed that the key to continued growth in the Thompson-Okanagan economy is the ability to attract skilled labour.
The Kelowna Capital News profiled Tammy Auranen, who runs SunRype’s IT department, as the Crowe MacKay’s Women to Watch profile series. Auranen mentioned she hopes to encourage more women to work in the tech sector, and is working with both Okanagan College and UBCO towards that goal.
The Summerland Review described the Penticton Adventurers Club visit to Agur Lake, including their stop at three cabins built by Okanagan College’s Trades department and Agur Lake Camp.
KelownaNow helped spread the word that the College is looking for Kelowna families to host international students for the summer and early fall as part of the homestay program.
Okanagan businessman and columnist John Thomson, who passed away on June 7, was remembered by Kelowna Daily Courier’s columnist Steve MacNaull in his Valley Views column. Thomson received an Honorary Doctorate from Okanagan University College in 1999.
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