First BSN prof a familiar face
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - by September, this will be Okanagan College's new nursing lab.
Some of you may already be familiar with Geraldine. She worked as an instructor in the Practical Nursing program in 2008 and 2009. Most recently, Geraldine has filled in part-time for the Practical Nursing and Human Service Work programs.
And a reminder that registration is well underway for Connections 2011 - sessions are filling quickly, so register now to ensure you can attend your preferred sessions. The event runs Tues. August 23 and Wed. Aug 24 and bus transportation from your home campus is provided. Registration details including transportation times, learning session options, and the day's schedule can be found online
Ceremonies mark more student success
More than 1,000 students will be honored at two Convocation ceremonies next week, one Tuesday in Vernon, and another Wednesday in Kelowna.
The Vernon ceremony, at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, honors Continuing Studies grads, as well as degree, diploma and certificate grads in a host of programs, including the Associate of Arts, Adult Special Education, PACE, Writing and Publishing, B.C. Adult Grad, the Associate of Science, Health Care Assistant, Human Service Work, Accounting Assistant, Admin Assistant, Office Assistant, Business Admin Diploma and BBA.
The Kelowna ceremony (6 p.m. in the Kelowna campus courtyard, weather permitting) will honor Continuing Studies Certificate graduates, as well as those from a host of other programs including: Accounting Assistant, Admin Assistant, Legal Admin Assistant, Adult Special Education, B.C. Adult grad, Certified Dental Assistant, Early Childhood Education (infant toddler), Health Care Assistant, Human Service Work, and Therapist Assistant.
If you'd like to help celebrate the student success, Michelle Lowry is always on the lookout for volunteers for these ceremonies.
OC students help get Kelowna Fire Museum off the ground
Here to Oak Lake, Manitoba,
Congratulations to the OC Bike to Work Team.
This year 51 bikers rode 1,663 km - 208 km further than last year - or the equivalent of riding from Kelowna to Oak Lake, Manitoba. The City of Kelowna recorded 1,073 cyclists riding more than 16,000 km. At OC we had 10 first time bike commuters this year. All our members are recreational cyclists and our team goal is to continue riding to work at least once a week for the rest of the summer.
Bike Lockers are available through Facilities Management for $10 per month. Please consider riding with us during Bike to Work week next year. For further information contact Paul Stephenson
20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in Kelowna a Record Setting Success!
Sharon shares a stage with Maude Barlow
Sharon Mansiere was part of a panel discussion that followed a keynote speech by Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow at the first event of this year’s 2011 Meadowlark Festival in Penticton. Her topic was, “The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water”. Water, its conservation and sustainable use was the theme for the 2011 festival, which ran from May 19 to 23. The keynote address by Maude Barlow was followed by questions and answers from the local panel of experts which included:
Sharon represented Okanagan College and OSCA (the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance) which organizes the Meadowlark festival each year.
Congratulations to IT's Terry Tuck who was among this spring's graduating class at UBC Okanagan, where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, an enterprise that began back in the days of OUC!
About 60 people turned out to fuel Okanagan College's Easter Seals fundraising efforts during a 24-hour relay last weekend. The team raised more than $1,000 which raised $171,286 for the summer camp for kids.
June 21, 2011 Vol. 5 Issue 6
Congratulations to Cheryl Brabandt from the Financial Awards, KLO Campus who has won the Friday June 17, 2011 payday draw for $542.50!
PPC newsletter online
Okanagan College's employee and family assistance provider, PPC Canada, has a monthly electronic newsletter that employees may find valuablefor its tips and hints. This edition carries tips on Caring for Aging Parents and Summer Safety.
He already has the very-limited edition Steve Koehle action figure, so what else will he get to mark his looming retirement? The party to honor the Vice-President's 33-year career with Okanagan College will take place this Thursday beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Kelowna campus. A presentation will take place at 3:40 p.m. Refreshments and treats will be available. Steve's last day with the College will be July 7.
Planning for Bev McNamara’s retirement is well in-hand - the party is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26 and will be held at the Mission Creek Golf Club, with cocktails starting at 5:30 (a cash bar), and dinner following at 6 p.m. The department is hoping to organize everything well in advance, so is asking for everyone to pre-order for tickets ($36.50 a person- cash or cheque) by Aug. 15 to Marie Weale.
Another familiar face is about to wrap up her career with Okanagan College - Business Professor Janet Mercer's retirement celebration is set for June 30 at 3 p.m. in the International Kitchen and Patio. (Business is asking you to RSVP to Lynn Kohout by June 24.)
Watch for details!
Two more pending retirements - Al Cohoe and Terry Lockhart - are going to be celebrated by the Trades department and others but at press time for Inside Okanagan College, details were sparse, other than news that the celebration will probably occur on June 29. Keep your eyes posted for posters with the accompany information. (For those who keep track of such things, Al has been trumpeting RVing at the College since 1987, while Terry's been on board since 1989.)
The College’s Press release on electrical, plumbing and business students helping the Kelowna Fire Museum earned play in the Kelowna Capital News on June 21, as well as in the Daily Courier on June 19.
Okanagan College’s Centre for Learning was one of the host sites for a stellar business networking event that brought together technology players from California’s Silicon Valley with players from the Silicon Vineyard. Metabridge ties together potential investors and partners from south of the border with promising start-up tech companies in the region. You can read about the initiative in the June 8 edition of the Daily Courier.
Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Christine Ulmer.
The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Tuesday, July 5, which marks the 146th anniversary of the imposition of the first speed limit on steam- and petrol-driven vehicles in Britain: two miles per hour.