John Lent to receive Distinguished Service award
Okanagan College will honour retired Regional Dean John Lent with a Distinguished Service award during the College’s Vernon Convocation ceremony on Jun. 25.
Okanagan College announces 2014 Honorary Fellow recipients
Margriet Ruurs, Raghwa Gopal, Jim Henderson, and Garry Benson will take their place among an elite group as Okanagan College’s 2014 Honorary Fellows.
Margriet Ruurs has dedicated her life to promoting literacy and giving children a place to express themselves creatively. She will be the first to address graduates at the College’s Spring Convocation ceremony on the morning of Jun. 7.
Three-hour Poetry Contest winners
On Apr. 3, 36 aspiring writers from Okanagan College and students from local Grade 11 and 12 classes put their creativity to the test at the first ever Three-hour Poetry Contest.
The contestants had 180 minutes to create a poem in a specific poetic form revealed at the beginning of the contest. The form the judges selected was the palindrome poem. Often referred to as the mirror poem, it is written in such a way that the second half of the poem is a reflection of the first half, using the same lines in reverse.
Salmon Arm: Lauren Reaka
Each winner received an Okanagan College $250 tuition credit, and the overall winner received an additional credit of $250.
ESL enrolment is up
On Apr. 30, the ESL team assessed more than 40 new International and Domestic students at Kelowna campus. This is an increase of 20% from last May's number of new International students. For many of the new International students, this is their first step on their journey toward a Canadian degree.
The ESL Department runs a full program from May to August. Several English for Specific Purposes courses are also given to mainly Japanese institutions and corporations. Toyota, for example, has expanded its employee need for English language curriculum from Japanese mechanics to sales representatives.
Interactive workshop to boost learning
On May 6, 2014, University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus and Okanagan College co-hosted a one-day workshop for faculty members.
Tamara Ebl from UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Management, and Randy Newton from the Okanagan College’s School of Business organized the session.
This event was possible through funding from the Chartered Accountants Education Foundation Speaker Series.
Clean up the Creek
On May 9, a number of industrious Kelowna campus employees participated in a clean up of the creek running from Raymer to KLO Road.
The next clean up will be in August. Please contact Angie March at ext. 4501, if you are interested in volunteering.
The flags at the Kelowna campus were lowered in memory of Dr. Gordon Springate, former Dean of Applied Studies at Okanagan University College, who died on May 9.
Elena Wiens, who works in circulation and processing at the Kelowna campus library, received received a citation for completing 50 blood donations from Canadian Blood Services on May 14.
Elena started donating more than 30 years ago.
“It’s important to me to share what I have freely with a cheerful heart knowing someone has been helped because blood was available,” she says.
Kate Gilchrist Memorial Award
The ESL Department awarded the second annual Kate Gilchrist Memorial Award to Yi Zhu on Apr. 22. The annual award honours former ESL instructor and department chair Kate Gilchrist and recognizes excellence in English language learning.
Yi, who hails from China, was delighted with the $1,000 award and said that her English has significantly improved since becoming a student here.
ESL alumna publishes book
Wanda (My Hoa) Truong, an Okanagan College alumna, hosted a launch party on Apr. 20 for her book, Second Chance in Canada.
Truong attended the Kelowna campus from 2007 to 2012, taking mainly English courses first from ESL and then from AACP.
She is pictured with retired instructor Colleen Hanscom, who Truong credits with encouraging her book-writing journey.
May 20, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 4
Municipal Pension Plan
Watch for your Municipal Pension Plan Member Benefit Statement. Read the announcement for more details.
Okanagan College's Employee and Family Assistance Provider (EFAP), Optum PPC, provides a wealth of information each month about an important issue regarding your health and wellbeing.
This month’s newsletter focuses on workplace safety and mental illness. The first article, "Safely Working Towards a Safe Workplace," focuses on improving safety on the job examining both an office environment and a work site. The next article is "Do One Thing," which looks at both the difficulty of navigating depression and the small steps that can be taken to achieve a healthier emotional balance. To read the May issue of the Balance Sheet newsletter, click here.
Mark your calendar for Excellence May 21
Okanagan College will be celebrating on Wednesday, May 21 when the Employee Excellence Awards take place at the Kelowna campus.
A total of 22 finalists have been named. The finalists are as follows: Teaching Excellence: Derek Cook, Jim Ingram, Tracy Riley; Service Excellence – Group: Administration Support Salmon Arm/Revelstoke Campus: Verna Bazinet, Jennifer Beckett, Mandie Belle, Ferne Davis, Tanya Egli, Shannon Kiehlbauch, Alison Landry, Stacey Larsen, Renee Myers, Margaret Scharf; Carly Chute and Ann Marie Ruether; Women in Trades: Nancy Darling, Amanda Hancock, Bob Lingor, Cam McRobb, Carrera Teal, Carolyn Theiss; Service Excellence – Individual: Alison Beaumont, Connie Beckett, Liz Plamondon; Strong Start: Kathleen Lausman, Richard McAdam, Alisa McAuliffe; Key Directions: Amy Cohen, Laurie Donovan, Nadir Ould-Khessal; Leadership: Chris Clarkson, Bob Eby, Donna Selski; Scholarly Activity: Jeremy Beaulne, Cathy Fitzgerald, Rosalind Warner; Innovation: Automated Staffing Process: Eve Avis, Bianka Blandon, Dorie Burnham, Liz Currie, Arlene DeBruin, Lynda Dreaper, Laura Eagen, Patti Heinzelmann, Margo Kendal, Jasmine McGee, Carmen Nadon, Dawn Southern, Deb Matheson; Chi-Fui Chong; Welding Department: Sherwood Brocke, Greg Burkett, Dave Dutcher, Fred Geisler, Tracee Harder, Sean Jarvis, Alex Kortzman, Don Lingor, Murray Perrett, Tyson Powell, Raymond Proulx, Ken Soucy, Mark Stathers, Aaron Thomas, Mike Tourigan, Greg Wagner; Career Achievement: Dianne Crommer, Kathy Hamilton, Janice Ulrich.
Employee milestones will also be acknowledged at the event, which starts at 3 p.m. in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning. All employees are encouraged to attend.
Okanagan College's ninth Annual Employee Learning Conference, Connections 2014 takes place at the Kelowna Campus on Aug. 19 and 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Just in time for spring-cleaning, the annual Trunk Sale at Okanagan College is taking place on Saturday, May 24, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. This is a great opportunity to get rid of your unwanted goods and promote reuse and recycling at the same time.
Organized by the Regional Waste Reduction Office, this massive garage sale takes place in parking lot #17 (next to the student residences) of Okanagan College. Due to construction, access on sale day will be off Raymer Avenue only. Set up for sellers is between 7-8 a.m.
Deadline to reserve a spot is May 21. To register, call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.
Get social on the green
On Jun. 13, the Okanagan College Social Club is hosting a 9-hole co-ed golf tournament. Join in the fun by dressing in your best tacky golf costume to win prizes. Tickets are $25. Tee times start at 3 p.m., Mission Creek Golf Club, Kelowna.
Links for Learning
On Jun. 20, the 18th annual ACIC Links to Learning Golf Tournament takes place at the Talking Rock Golf Club, Quaaout Lodge Hotel and Resort, in Chase. The tournament is a hosted by Okanagan College's Salmon Arm Campus and the All Canadian Investment Corp., with all proceeds going directly to local Okanagan College students in need. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m., $200 per person. To register, fill out the form.
Contact Leslie Bogula at local 8259 for more information.
Be Well Challenge
The Athletics and Recreation department on the Kelowna campus is hosting the Be Well at Okanagan College Challenge on Wednesdays from 12 – 1 p.m. until Jun. 25. On May 21, participants will meet in the International department’s kitchen in the Centre for Learning for a healthy lunch demonstration. On May 28, they will hike on the Greenway at Spiers and KLO roads.
To celebrate Chi-Fui's contribution to the College and retirement on May 31, a party will be held on Wednesday, May 28, from 3-5 p.m. at Infusions Restaurant at the Kelowna Campus. Please RSVP to Sharon Oliver if you plan to attend.
The Vancouver Observer wrote a review of Chief Bev Sellars’ Ryga Award–winning book, They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School.
The Catalyst to Commerce in Penticton publication featured Okanagan College prominently, see Quality Education.
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