College honours Butters, Embree, Pushor and Sharkey
Okanagan College will recognize four esteemed community builders as Honorary Fellows during its 2015 Convocation ceremonies in June, including renowned Chef Rod Butters, entrepreneur Norm Embree, lawyer Rick Pushor and social planner Annette Sharkey.
New bites coming to Kelowna’s campus
In the coming weeks, some areas of the trades building on the Kelowna campus will be demolished. It means O’Tools will be closing its doors April 24.
Until new food service options are offered with the completion of the project (expected Spring 2016), the College will be introducing some additional food service options:
Culinary Ink (Monday to Friday, 7 to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.): OC alumnus Donnie Ungaro’s socially conscious comfort food bikes will dish up items such as the Indian spiced breakfast in a naan cone served with coffee, ginger beef and pickled vegetable slaw sandwiches, and taco al pastor (pictured). Opens April 27.
Angelina’s Italian Beef Food Truck (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.): Italian home cooked dishes such as slow-cooked pulled beef au jus on a fresh Italian bun (the fat Italian), a hail chicken Caesar wrap, and mama mia meatballs. Opens April 22.
Rollie’s Roadhouse Food Truck (Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.): playful and creative, the menu features pulled pork on a cinnamon bun, taco salad in a bag, fish taco, and chicken on a waffle. Opens April 23.
Those will bolster the regular service offered by the Cafeteria, which will be open regular hours until June 19, close for the summer, and then will reopen for the fall term.
Fezziwigs, located in the Centre for Learning, will be open extended hours throughout the summer (Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays until 4 p.m.). DeBeans in the Student Services building will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday from now until the fall.
For any inquiries about food services on campus, please contact Brad Piontek.
Inland donation drives home local industry support
April. 21, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 2
Reminder: trades complex closures, parking (Kelowna)
Commencing on May 1, the East Wing of the existing trades complex will be closed for construction. This closure will affect four classrooms, offices spaces, tool rooms, lockers and washrooms along the south side of the Trades building. The Trades area will only be accessible by using either the East or West gates that lead into the back compound area of Trades. To support this access and transition space, Lot 15 (the staff parking lot located between the Centre for Learning and Health building) will be fenced and closed from May 1 until August 31, 2015.
Fitness facility summer hours (Kelowna)
The Kelowna campus Fitness Facility will be switching to summer hours starting May 3. Opening hours will be Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 - 4 p.m. The facility will be closed Sundays and all statutory holiday weekends.
Flags at half-mast
The Provincial Government’s protocol is for all provincial government buildings and public institutions to lower flags on specific dates. The flags at all Okanagan College campuses will be lowered to half-mast on:
Family Award application deadline - May 15
Applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between May 1 and August 31.
Full award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan under “OC Express – Forms” and then click on “Foundation.” All applications must be date-stamped at the Student Services Administration office in Kelowna (or at the Campus Administration office in Penticton, Vernon or Salmon Arm) by May 15, 2015.
Call for nominations for ILT Fellows
The Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT) is seeking nominations for four Fellow positions to serve three-year terms (June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2018) in the following areas:
If you are passionate about enhancing learning and teaching at Okanagan College, and are a member of one of these departments/regions (or know of a colleague who fits this description) please consider applying for one of these positions.
For additional information and a nomination form, please contact the ILT via email.
Employee health and wellness newsletter
This month's The Balance Sheet newsletter looks at responsible ways of getting fit, and also explores how depression can affect women.
Connections 2015, register today
Aug. 18 -19 –Join your colleagues at Okanagan College’s 10th annual employee learning conference. Connections 2015 will be held Aug. 18 and 19 at the Kelowna campus from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Student opinion surveys as a resource (date change)
April 30 –Jan O’Brien, Okanagan College’s Institutional Research Manager, will discuss the many student surveys that are done at the institutional level each year and the purpose and accountability these provide to the institution, including reporting on student satisfaction year over year. The lunch and learn event titled Managing institutional surveys at Okanagan College, an overview of student opinion is presented by the Institute of Learning and Teaching will be held in the Centre for Dialogue (E202) from 12 - 1 p.m. in Kelowna. Visit the ILT website to register. The event was originally slated for April 16.
OC artists exhibit work at Volcanic Hills winery
May 3 - Celebrate art at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival. The Okanagan College Art Group along with College staff and students will be exhibiting a variety of their artwork at the Volcanic Hills Estate Winery. Okanagan College’s Rosalind Warner (pictured), Vladimir Neykov, Ann Marie Ruether, Shelley Johnson, Terry Tuck, Marie Bartlett, Deb Matheson (retired) and Karen Tessier will all have art pieces on display. The drop-in, free exhibit takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2845 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna (off Hwy 97, just eight minutes south of the bridge).
Roundabout workshop series
May 4 to 15 – Register and attend the unique roundabout series of workshops presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services. Offered at all four campuses, there are 28 workshops to choose from, each one-hour, on topics focused on learning and teaching, information technology and education technology. Registered and attending individuals at the sessions will be entered to win prizes such as an iPad Mini, Chromecast or Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard. Visit the ILT website for more details and to register.
Charity golf tournament registration
May 21 – Register online for the 24th annual Okanagan College Foundation Charity Golf Tournament at the Okanagan Golf Club (or use this form). To volunteer or to have your department host an on-course booth, please contact Dawn Douglas.
Register a team for Inn from the Cold event
May 23 – OC Enactus students encourage you to support Inn from the Cold Kelowna’s 4th annual "Arthur Cottie" Push to End Homelessness. Through an Amazing Race style competition, pledged participants will decorate their carts at 1157 Sutherland Avenue (9 a.m.), teams then participate in a series of challenges through Kelowna, and make their way over to Kerry Park for a BBQ lunch and prizes by 1 p.m.
Media interest in the progress of the the sports facility on the Vernon campus continues, as evidenced by photos taken by the Vernon Morning Star which appeared in its April 1, April 5 and April 8 editions.
The story of Brad Atkins receiving the first Tim Harder Memorial Award earned several column inches in the April 3 edition of the Vernon Morning Star.
Daily Courier columnist Steve MacNaull referenced Emil Anderson Construction’s donation of $50,000 to the Bright Horizons campaign in the April 8 print edition, recognizing that the company was the ninth organization to donate $50,000 or more.
The area media’s generous contributions to the the Bright Horizons campaign was referenced in the Kelowna Capital News on April 15. Together they have contributed over $385,000 in advertising and media support. Castanet also noted its role in helping with the media support.
Okanagan College’s participation in an education fair in Chandigarh, India was noted by the Times of India on its website on April 9.
A smiling John Haller was literally in the centre of the action as Inland Kenworth announced a $50,000 donation to the College’s Bright Horizons campaign, reflected in the Vernon Morning Star on April 19. KelownaNow.com posted on its website and its Facebook page to acknowledge the donation. The Kelowna Daily Courier also carried coverage of the story online.
The Okanagan College student team participating in The Economist’s competition was spotlighted in the Vernon Morning Star’s April 17 edition. Results from the competition will be disclosed in May.
Capital News columnist Max DeHart extended her congratulations to OC business students for their first-place finish at the Thompson Rivers University Human Resources Management Case Competition in the April 15 edition of the paper. The story of their success was also carried in the April 18 edition of the Daily Courier. EduLab also weighed in with coverage of the trio’s success.
OUC alumnus Marcel Imie was among the fastest thing on two wheels when he competed at the inaugural MotoAmerica race in Austin, Texas earlier this month. He finished eighth, even after a crash. You can read about Marcel and watch a youtube video of him racing at Castanet.
Champions, the Daily Courier’s special section focused on amateur sports, carried the story of Christy Lovig winning the 10K in the Okanagan College Half Marathon in its April edition. The Morning Star carried the news of Vernon’s Aaron Heidt winning the half marathon in its April 1 edition.
The Coyotes’ narrow victory over the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners in the fourth game of the weekend saved them from being swept by their island opponents, a fact noticed by the Capital News in its April 15 edition. A week earlier, the paper had summarized the team’s to-date performance, with a 6-6 record. But the Coyotes had the best weekend of their season last weekend, taking three of four games in Kamloops, as reported by the Kelowna Capital News online.
The College’s spelling bee champs from Vernon better start studying, according to competitors who are starting to prepare for the April 29 Adult Spelling Bee Championship, put on by the Junction Literacy and Youth Initiatives Society of the North Okanagan – or so says an article in the Vernon Morning Star.
Okanagan College’s role in developing a new one-year viticulture technician certificate was noted by the Penticton Herald in its April 8 edition. The story also noted the partnership developing between OC and the BC Wine Grape Council focused on launching the program, hopefully by September 2016.
The story about the availability of careers in the tech sector earned the attention of the Vernon Morning Star in its April 3 edition, with the smiling face of Associate Dean Phil Ashman as part of the presentation.
The tentative deal between Okanagan College and the Okanagan College Faculty Association earned a brief in the April 8 edition of the Vernon Morning Star.
On April 8, the Kelowna Capital News carried the press release regarding the College’s Board passing a balanced budget for 2015-16. The Vernon Morning Star carried the story of the budget’s passage, but focused on the fact that tuition will be going up two per cent in its April 3 edition.
Vernon’s Enterprize Challenge – sponsored in part by Okanagan College – was the subject of a Vernon Morning Star story on April 5, with organizers congratulating finalists on the quality of their pitches. On April 12, the paper revealed the winners – Bernie and Mayleen Ramis, with the Rollin’ Springs Rolls.
The reschedule of Earth Matters environmental art competition was noted in the Vernon Morning Star on April 5, complete with the website url and news dates for submissions.
The Kelowna Daily Courier’s regular review of historical events turned up a news report about the outcome of a referendum held in 1965 regarding establishing a regional college in Kelowna. People in nine of 10 Okanagan School Districts indicated their support for the idea. The lone opponent? Penticton, with 83 per cent opposed.
Okanagan College Honorary Fellow Dick Cannings was on the agenda for the Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society AGM on April 17, a fact noted in the April 2 Summerland Review.
The Repair Café held at the Kelowna campus by the Regional District’s Waste Reduction office earned a brief in the Kelowna Capital News on April 10. InfoTel reported on the event in its April 17 edition.
Okanagan College’s participation in Wine Festivals is getting to be a regular part of the media coverage regarding events, as characterized by an article in the Penticton Western on April 21.
The educational opportunities afforded students when the Northwest Wine Summit came to Penticton this past Sunday and Monday were highlighted in a GlobalBC segment on the news hour . The story also earned play on Vancouver City and Press.
KelownaNow.com was quick off the mark to post the story about Dale K. Lamb donating to Okanagan College when the story broke on Monday, April 20.
The showers are back in at the recreation facility being built at the Vernon Campus by the North Okanagan Regional District. Castanet reported the story. The showers cost $340,000, by the way. It was also carried in the Vernon Morning Star
Shaw's Go!Okanagan segment on the College’s Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology program hit YouTube shortly after it aired on Friday April 17.