Students qualify for final round at ICBC
Considered the Olympics of Canadian business case competitions, the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) at Queen's University will see four Okanagan College business students participating in the finals on Jan. 2-4, 2014.
Okanagan College business students Amanda Wright and Jared Cook will be participating in the Accounting finals and Kelsey Matheson and Alanna Eastcott are competing in the Ethics final.
“It’s a great opportunity to compare what we’ve learned at Okanagan College to that of students from universities across the country,” said accounting finalist Jared Cook.
The students are up against rival teams from the likes of McGill University, Queen’s University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, and even from as far afield as the University of New South Wales in Australia.
“This is a wonderfully enriching experience for all of the students who participate,” says Ethics team mentor and Associate Dean of the School of Business, Barry McGillivray.
The mentor working with the accounting team is Business Professor Randy Newton.
Veteran trades educator joins College
A new Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship is joining Okanagan College in the New Year and brings with him more than 30 years of experience in education and trades instruction.
Whipping up holiday memories
Okanagan College Culinary Arts students were handing out holiday stockings to kids in need at the “Making Memories” performance of The Nutcracker on Dec. 8 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
The stockings were brimming with toys, gift cards and goodies donated to the charity, including more than 3,000 cookies whipped up by the College’s culinary students and staff.
“It’s great to see our students and instructors take the time to give back to members of our community,” said Jonathan Rouse, the College's Director of Wine, Food, and Tourism.
“It’s a small gesture that will have a big impact on a lot of children this season and is a great example of how our students take their education and training outside of the classroom.”
Responding to industry needs
Okanagan College is the first B.C. College to respond to industry needs by offering a revised Heavy Mechanical Trades program developed to train students in four separate trades in high demand.
Cultivating young writers
The winners of the fourth annual Okanagan College 3-Hour Short Story contest were announced on Dec. 6.
Mary Bevan, an Okanagan College Kelowna campus student, was the grand prize winner for her story, “The Use in Usefulness.” She won a $500 tuition credit and a published chapbook of her winning story.
“There were a number of strong entries in this year’s contest. As always, selecting the overall winner was a challenge,” said Okanagan College English professor and contest judge Jeremy Beaulne.
There were about 65 people registered this year, with the largest group writing in Kelowna.
Discover Trades Conference
Youth in the Central Okanagan School Districts are soon to find out more about trades from their parents, planning teachers and counselors.
Opportunities were provided to do hands-on trades activities, talk to industry, learn about web resources, and get involved in the new Maker Day Movement—a grass roots campaign to encourage invention and handicraft. The Secondary School Technology Education teachers and the College's Trades Instructors started off the day doing a teambuilding exercise, which was followed by discussions around Generation Y.
Getting the word out
The Public Affairs Department of Okanagan College sent out the following media releases in the last two weeks:
Alix Hawley wins BloodLines
During WWII, Alix Hawley's grandmother risked her life to smuggle a pig across Nazi occupied Holland.
“I don't usually write creative non-fiction (I like to make things up),” says Hawley. “But I loved having access to other people's lives and histories in the other entries and I wanted to join that,” she says about the inspiration to enter the contest.
According to novelist and Massey Lecturer Lawrence Hill, who judged the shortlisted stories, “Pig (for Oma)” is “sharp and fresh” and “beautifully rendered, from the first sentence to the last.”
Dissertation defenses: Barmby and Bowman-Broz
Jim Barmby, Regional Dean of Shuswap-Revelstoke, successfully defended his thesis on Dec. 11 at the University of British Columbia. Barmby’s thesis, “The Art and Craft of University Coordination,” studied how universities and senior government officials in Alberta managed to balance the government's requirement that the universities be accountable for the use of public funds while respecting the universities’ need to maintain autonomy in order to ensure academic freedom.
"It has been quite a rollercoaster ride for the last seven years,” says Barmby. “I am not yet used to the idea that it's over."
In Kelowna, English and Interdisciplinary studies professor Norah Bowman-Broz, calls the successful completion of her PhD on Dec. 5 a group effort.
Trades gives to family in need
The Trades and Apprenticeship departments were looking for a way to give back to the community this year and decided to focus their efforts on The Salvation Army’s Christmas Family program.
Chi-Fui Chong to retire
With plans of travelling, gardening, volunteering and developing his calligraphy skills, Okanagan College’s Director of Finance, Chi-Fui Chong, has announced he will retire on May 31, 2014.
In the spirit of interdepartmental cooperation, the Advancement and Alumni, Ancillary and Business Services, and Facilities Management departments, led by Jennifer Klotz, Judy Zachary, Katerina Hay and Dawn Douglas, teamed up this holiday season to make the holidays brighter for two Okanagan College students and their families.
The College's Financial Aid department identified two students, who are both single moms, and the employees from the three departments collectively donated more than $800 in cash and gifts to help them out.
“We do it because we want to ease the stress and burden for these families, and to let them know that the employees at Okanagan College care about them,” says Dawn Douglas, Executive Assistant, Advancement and Alumni.
Frosty 5 km
Despite the -14C temperature and a -17C wind chill, there was a record turnout at the 2013 Santa Shuffle Walk/Run on Dec. 7 in Kelowna.
According to Suzie Docherty from the Salvation Army, there were 50 participants in 2010 when this event began in Kelowna but the 2013 event had more than 200 participants. The date for next year’s event is Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
Dec. 17 Vol. 8, issue 19
Holiday closure for 2013
Okanagan College will be closed to the public during the holiday season beginning Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at 3 p.m., and will re-open on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. The 2013-14 Holiday Season Closure can be viewed online.
Volunteers needed for Winter Convocation
Public Affairs is looking for volunteers for Winter Convocation on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, to help with gown distribution, serve as ushers, and organize the reception. The ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. and would require about three to four hours of your time. If you are interested, please contact Michelle Lowry.
ACCC Annual Conference
Speaker proposals are currently being accepted for the 2014 Association of Canadian Community Colleges Annual Conference. The deadline is Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
IT Services system maintenance
IT Services will be conducting system wide maintenance on the weekend of Dec. 21-22.
Jan. fitness facility hours
The Fitness Facility in Kelowna will be closed from Dec. 24 starting at 3 p.m. to Jan. 1.
On Jan. 2, it will reopen with new hours of operation:
Family Award application deadline
Applications are now being accepted for the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees taking programs or starting terms between Jan. 1 and Apr. 30.
An application form and full award criteria can be found in myOkanagan. All applications must be date-stamped by Jan. 17, 2014.
Annual Holiday Trades lunch
Employees are invited to enjoy food and fun at the Trades Holiday Luncheon in Kelowna on Friday, Dec. 20 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Again this year, Trades is collecting food and donations for the Kelowna Food Bank. The Food Bank can purchase $3 worth of food for every dollar they receive. Please bring a non-perishable food item–or a cash donation–to the lunch.
Okanagan College's Employee and Family Assistance Provider (EFAP), PPC Canada, provides a wealth of information each month about an important issue regarding your health and wellbeing.
This month’s webinar, Personal Finances 101-Investing in Your Future, is Dec. 19. This webinar showcases some simple yet effective tips for investing in your future. Takes place at noon and admission is free. To register, click here.
PPC Canada's December edition of its newsletter, Balance Sheet is all about managing your finances. Articles include "Take Control of Your Finances With A Budget" and "How to Buy for Less" to save money on both big and small expenses.
OC4 Cyclosportif Early Bird Pricing
Get to the front of the pack and register for OC4 Cyclosportif for the low early bird price of $90 on or before Dec. 31.
Yogis come through for the food bank
Okanagan College Yoga Instructors Dawn Balic and Kim Snyder thank all those who participated in the Om for the Holidays: Free Yoga with Food Bank Donation sessions on Dec. 2, 9 and 10. Four bags of groceries were collected for the food bank.
Regular hours are Mondays 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. and Tue/Thu noon – 1 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre. Staff cost $7 and students are free.
To get on the Yoga Email Group List, please email Kim Snyder.
The last class of 2014 will be Dec. 19, 2013, and resume Jan. 13, 2014.
Okanagan College Coyotes alumnus Mike Monster, of Kelowna, was signed by Anaheim Angels Major League baseball team, see Champions.
Okanagan College’s fall enrolment numbers made the news, see College enrolment is up.
Okanagan Life readers’ choice awards voted Okanagan College into the top three Best Private School/College categories in Central, North and South regions.
Okanagan College’s announcement of its new $33 million Trades Training Facility made headlines, see Okanagan College responds to industry needs.
The College is expanding its Heavy Duty Mechanical Trades program, see OC to expand trades program.
Culinary Arts students and staff created and packaged more than 3,000 cookies for charity, see Baking up some memories.
Partnering with Discover Trades BC, the College hosted its first ever Parents open house on Dec. 6, see Solving B.C.’s skills shortage starts with parents.
Mary Bevan, a Kelowna campus Writing and Publishing student, was the grand prize winner of the 2013 3-Hour Short Story Contest, see Kelowna student wins College’s three-hour writing contest, and Student wins writing contest.
English professor Alix Hawley won Canada Writes BloodLines short story contest, see Kelowna writer wins short story contest.
The Jan. intakes of Autism Spectrum Certificate taking place in Vernon and Penticton helps parents, see New program offers support to parents dealing with autism, and Autism course aids parents.
Registrar Jane Muskens had two columns in the Kelowna Capital News, see Several factors have led to shrinkage of skilled workforce, and Recruitment drives debate.
Alumnus and HootSuite founder Ryan Holmes has launched a non profit, The Next Big Thing, see HootSuite helping entrepreneurs.
Bank of Canada Economist Farid Novin spoke at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, see The real economic challenge.
An Okanagan College student was on the receiving end of food bank generosity, see Life went sideways in a hurry for young family.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs helped out an Okanagan College student and single mom, see Club helps mom focus on studies.
Local art is showcased at the College, see Alternative art showcased at Gallery Vertigo and college.
The Coyote Reads program, which takes place at the Salmon Arm campus, launched in December, see Literacy success moves up to middle school.
The Penticton campus will host a fitness course in January, see College to host CFES Knowledge Course.
A survey of UBC and Okanagan College students revealed interesting findings, see Post-secondary survey suggests most want to stay in Okanagan.
The Kelowna Daily Courier reported that the College was given degree-granting status in its “25 years ago” column, see Degrees on the way.
Premier Christy Clark toured the winery of alumnus Bobby Gidda, see Premier announces liquor policy changes.
Distinguished alumnus Jon Garrett and his wife Tanya, of Whisk Cake Company, were awarded best wedding cake by BC Wedding Awards, see Local wedding professionals tops in B.C.
Honourary Fellow and bird biologist Dick Cannings spoke at a public wetlands workshop, see Endangered species the result of habitat loss.