Showcase of faculty work
Okanagan College is showcasing the written and research work of some of its faculty – 28 professors doing 27 presentations – in the Scholarly and Creative Expo taking place from Nov. 3 to 7 at all four College campuses.
The expo also includes an appearance on Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kelowna campus by renowned author Ted Bishop, who will be presenting about the subject of his forthcoming book, The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder and Our Relationship With The Written Word.
“The concept is to shed some light on the tremendous creative work and research of some of our faculty and staff,” explains Ross Tyner, the Director of Library Services who has helped shepherd the weeklong showcase.
“Some of the people presenting will be familiar to a good portion of the public through their books or work in the community,” says Tyner. “Others will be known to people who are familiar with their field, in areas such as mathematics, business research, earth and environmental science, and computer science.”
Most of the sessions are organized around the lunch-hour to allow public attendance. Presentations are free. For a full schedule, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/ocauthors2014.
3-Hour Short Story Contest
On Nov. 1, wordsmiths will gather at all four College campuses to participate in the annual 3-Hour Short Story Contest.
Last year, more than 70 students took part, including Okanagan College student Mary Bevan from Kelowna, who won with her story "The Use in Usefulness."
Volunteer at Career FairPublic Affairs needs volunteers to act as hosts and ambassadors during Career Fair at the Kelowna campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2.
Okanagan College’s Career Fair has been helping connect the community to insights about careers and education for more than three decades. You’ll be helping students and job seekers investigate their educational options, research potential career paths, and discover available job opportunities. All volunteers receive a gift and lunch.
If you are interested in volunteering or know of a potential exhibitor, please contact Michelle Lowry.
October is carpool month and the challenge is to carpool just once. More than half of our individual carbon footprint is caused by commuting. By choosing to carpool, you can cut that number in half. Find staff ride-matches through the carpool program in myOkanagan. Participants can win prizes. More details are available at www.okanagan.bc.ca/commute.
Congratulations to the participants of the Campus Commuter Challenge – a well-earned second place finish in Canada.
Make a difference in the community
Did you know that many Okanagan College students rely on United Way funded organizations, including South Okanagan Women in Need Society, Kelowna Community Resources Society, Literacy Now, Penticton & District Community Resources Society, Peachland Wellness Centre, and Pathways Abilities Society?
Food services survey
Okanagan College is soliciting input about food services on the Kelowna campus. Fill in the five-minute survey to have your say on how to improve food services on campus. The survey is open to both staff and students and can be completed online anytime until Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.
Fill out the food services survey now.
Campus Stores spooktacular sale
From Oct. 27 to 31, shoppers will receive 20 per cent off select giftware and clothing items at all four Campus Stores: Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton and Salmon Arm.
Become a better leader
Okanagan College Continuing Studies offers a Leadership Skills certificate program comprised of three courses designed to help individuals develop their workplace leadership skills, build high-performance teams, and excel at performance management. Students can choose to take just one course, or complete all three to receive the certificate.
If you would like to take part in the program, check with your supervisor. You may be able to access PD funds. The application form can be found under myOkanagan/OC Express Forms/Professional Development.
Advanced GIS program launches in Kelowna
The Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, which has been held in Salmon Arm for 20 years, will also be offered at the Kelowna campus starting January 2015.
Get a rare look at the Great Bear Rainforest
Award-winning photographer and conservationist Ian McAllister kicks off Vernon's Science in Society Speaker Series on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. with a presentation about B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest, entitled The Great Bear Wild: Why Should We Care About its Protection?
Admission is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets, call the Okanagan Science Centre at 250-545-3644 or visit www.okscience.ca.
In memory of Deb Davis
Deb Davis, Executive Assistant to the Registrar, passed away on Oct. 14.
“So many times I would see Deb running around the office with a student name and number to make sure the student who called her received the service they needed in either admissions or registration. This is what we will remember most about her and why we will miss her so much.”
Celine Burton’s environmental art
Selected artwork by Celine Burton, a first-year Environmental Studies Diploma student, is currently on display in the Kelowna campus library. Burton characterizes her work as environmental art.
Burton’s artwork will be on display in Kelowna until Friday, Oct. 24.
In memory of Ross Gorman
Okanagan College Honorary Fellow Ross Gorman died on Friday, Oct. 17 at the age of 93.
Gorman founded Gorman Bros. Lumber, which was West Kelowna’s largest private sector employer and one of the most philanthropically focused companies in the Okanagan.
“Ross Gorman understood the transformative power of education,” says Kathy Butler, Executive Director of Okanagan College Foundation. “I am saddened at losing him as a friend, a donor and as a great community leader and builder,” says Butler.
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. supported the Centre of Excellence in Penticton and since 2007 has contributed to a bursary for nursing students in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Kelowna.
A funeral service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Kelowna on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Jim Wood joins History department
The History department welcomes Dr. Jim Wood who is teaching in Vernon and Salmon Arm while Dr. Chris Clarkson is on study leave.
Born and raised in Muskoka, Ont., Wood’s interest in history began in the pioneer museum that was run by his parents. He completed a Master's degree in history at the University of New Brunswick and his PhD at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has taught history at Trent University, the Royal Military College of Canada, and UBC Okanagan.
More recently, he served as Assistant Director of the University of Victoria’s Veterans’ Oral History Program from 2009-2012, and taught in the Department of History at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2013.
Superintendent of Student Transitions presents in Kelowna
On Oct. 29, Jan Unwin, B.C.'s new Superintendent of Graduation and Student Transitions will be making a presentation about education transformation at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus.
Oct. 21, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 15
Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service Awards
The nomination deadline for the Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service Awards is Oct. 24. These prestigious awards are the highest accolades bestowed by the College and are given to recipients at the 2015 convocation ceremonies.
Don't overlook Infusions on the Kelowna campus as a dining option for lunch Tuesday to Friday and dinner Tuesday to Thursday. A reasonably priced, locally focused menu of quality appetizers, mains and desserts is prepared by the College's Culinary Arts students, with supervision by some of the valley's most talented chefs. Call 250-862-5455 for reservations, stop by to view the menu and make sure to recommend the restaurant to friends.
Visit the website for details.
Employee health and wellness
Okanagan College's employee and family assistance program provider, Optum PPC Canada, provides a wealth of information each month about an important issue regarding your health and well-being.
Canada Savings Bond signup
Investing in a Canada Savings Bond is an easy way to create a rainy day savings account and Okanagan College employees can do so by having deposits automatically deducted from each pay. The money will start earning interest the day the funds are received by The Bank of Canada.
Flu vaccination clinics at all campuses
Okanagan College is offering employees the voluntary opportunity to receive a flu vaccination for only $10. Refer to your family physician or the Seasonal Flu Vaccine Info Sheet for questions regarding the type of vaccination or the after-effects.
As in previous years, the College is paying 50 per cent of the $20 cost. Please bring a cheque payable to Okanagan College or $10 in exact change to receive the vaccination.
Cupcakes and Muffins fundraiser
The Registrar’s Office and Student Services will be holding its annual Cupcakes and Muffins fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 23 in Kelowna from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Student Services building. This year, the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Canadian Liver Foundation in honour of Deb Davis. Be sure to go early armed with toonies and loonies to get the best choices.
Clean the creek
Join fellow employees on Oct. 24 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. to help clean up Fascieux creek, a habitat for wildlife and fish that borders the College's Kelowna campus. Gloves, garbage bags and treats will be provided. Contact Angie March at ext. 4501 to participate.
The Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT) is hosting an online workshop on Applied Research on Oct. 27 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dr. Audrey J. Penner, Vice-President, Academic and Student Success at Northern College, will discuss ways institutions can build capacity in applied research and find the key people, issues and projects that are critical to building a sustainable applied research agenda.
Canada and the First World War 1914-1918
The ILT’s Lunch and Learn series presents Canada and the First World War 1914-1918 by professor Howard Hisdal at all four campuses this month.
In light of the recent centennial of Canada’s involvement in the Great War, Hisdal, chair of the History department and a 25-year veteran with the Canadian Armed Forces, will be covering Canada’s critical role on the battlefields of France and Belgium, how women got to vote in the 1917 federal election, and the long-term effects of this war on Canada. The presentations take place on all campuses from 12 to 1 p.m. on the following dates:
Friday, Oct. 24: Vernon campus – Room A204
English professor, Sean Johnston, who is currently on study leave, appeared at the UBCO Visiting Authors Series, see Authors Speak in the Kelowna Capital News.
Honorary Fellow Dick Cannings will represent the NDP in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding in the next Federal election, see Cannings secures nomination for NDP in the Penticton Herald.
The Kelowna campus collected tires for the Regional District of Central Okanagan’s cleanup initiative to reduce mosquito populations and combat the West Nile virus, see Worn tires retired responsibility in The Okanagan Sunday.
Okanagan College School of Business Dean Dr. Heather Banham was given the Certified General Accountants Association’s highest honour – the fellowship designation, see Banham recognized for her work in the Kelowna Daily Courier.
Honorary Fellow and Okanagan College Foundation Board Vice President At Large Raghwa Gopal is promoting a new program to help tech startups, see Accelerating hi tech in the Okanagan in the Small Business Week supplement in the Penticton Herald.
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