Okanagan College Students’ Union supports the future of trades
On Feb. 20, faculty, staff and students were invited to a special morning coffee-break event to share in the excitement of the Okanagan College Students’ Union announcing its pledge of $100,000 towards the Bright Horizons, Building for Skills fundraising campaign that supports the renovation and expansion of the trades training complex at Okanagan College.
The College’s commitment to sustainability and reducing environmental footprint through an innovative design motivated OCSU to support the project. The building is aiming to meet both the Living Building Challenge and LEED Platinum objectives.
OC, OCFA among those who have signed provincial template agreement
The Post-Secondary Employers’ Association (PSEA) has reached a tentative template agreement on compensation and other common agreement issues with faculty represented by the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC under the Economic Stability Mandate.
The tentative template agreement covers about 3,200 faculty working at eight colleges throughout the province, including Okanagan College. Bargaining must now be concluded on negotiable items at the local level for the eight participating colleges: OC, Camosun College, College of New Caledonia, College of the Rockies, Douglas College, North Island College, Northwest Community College and Selkirk College.
Local bargaining is under way at Okanagan College.
The term of the five-year template agreement is from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2019. The tentative template provides for a 5.5 per cent wage increase over the five years of the term with potential for additional increases if the B.C. economy exceeds the annual forecasts set by the Economic Forecast Council during the last four years of the agreement.
More information about the agreements will continue to be shared once the local portion of negotiations and the individual ratification processes have been completed.
Construction Craft Worker program coming to the College
Construction Craft Workers are a vital part of every construction site and team. Starting in March Okanagan College will be offering a new two-level apprenticeship program to meet the provincial demand for the training and offer those who function in the role the opportunity for Red Seal accreditation.
Dr. Barry McGillivray makes significant gift to the College
Dr. Barry McGillivray, Associate Dean of the College’s School of Business, has donated $100,000 to develop a research centre at the College that will be focused on small business and entrepreneurship in the Southern Interior.
Carter family donation to enhance study space for trades students
One of Kelowna’s auto industry pioneers, Al Carter, has donated $50,000 to support the construction of two group study rooms in the new trades building, which is slated to open in spring of 2016. The study rooms will help meet the demand for student space as the College works to train and educate the tradespeople to address a government-projected shortage of skilled trades workers over the next decade.
Curling comes to the stage in upcoming Red Dot Players production
Capturing the heart of Canadian culture, The Okanagan College Red Dot Players present W.O. Mitchell’s comedy The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon at the Kelowna campus from March 5 to 8. The two-act play delivers quirky characters, clever dialogue and takes a fond look at the obsession with curling so typical of a prairie town.
SCMT students receive inaugural Oline Smith Awards
In memory of Penticton resident Oline Smith, her long-time friends and neighbours Bill and Grace Sawarin recently visited Okanagan College’s Penticton campus to present the inaugural Oline Smith Technology Awards to 15 students in the Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT) program. The awards are valued at $1,000 each.
Celebrating the Year of the Sheep
Embracing the College’s diverse multi-cultural community, staff and students gathered in the red and gold decorated Centre for Learning Atrium at the Kelowna campus on Feb. 19 for a celebration to welcome the Year of the Sheep.
Sign-up for IMPACT, the Foundation’s newsletter
IMPACT, the Okanagan College Foundation e-newsletter launched today. In each issue, read about how our donors are changing students’ lives for the better. Meet our donors and hear first-hand why they have chosen to support Okanagan College’s mission to transform lives and communities. The newsletter will also feature the latest and greatest news from the Bright Horizons Building for Skills Campaign and provide details about out how you can get involved with student awards, upcoming events, and other featured projects. To sign up for IMPACT, email Richard McAdam.
Alix Hawley launches first novel
Members of the community, family, and College colleagues packed The Bohemian Café to congratulate English professor Alix Hawley on the launch of her debut novel, All True Not a Lie in It on Feb. 17. At the event, the crowd of 60 heard Hawley read a passage from her novel that recounts the adventures of American pioneer Daniel Boone who was held captive by a Shawnee Chief.
In memory of Betty Way (1935 – 2015)
Retired Okanagan College support staff Betty Way passed away on Jan. 27 at the age of 79. In her time working at the College (1986-2000), Way was dedicated to supporting students who needed it most through her role with the Disability Services department. She also was an instructor and invigilator who is fondly remembered by those who knew her.
Feb. 24, 2015, Vol. 9, Issue 22
Last week for Employee Excellence and Alumni Awards nominations
It’s not too late to submit your nominations recognizing great colleagues and also OC alumni. Take a moment to recognize the achievements of those who have demonstrated excellence.
College Governance election update
Voting for the faculty and support staff seats with the College’s Board of Governors and Education Council will take place from March 9 to 13 online in myOkanagan. Faculty and staff can review candidate biographies and details on the positions available under the Elections tab in myOkanagan.
Board of GovernorsFaculty (one seat)
Faculty – Central Okanagan (one seat)
Faculty – South Okanagan Similkameen
By-Election: Faculty Health & Social Development
Education Council is still looking for faculty candidates for the following positions: North Okanagan, Shuswap/Revelstoke, and the Science/Technology seat. Persons interested in these positions can contact Michelle Nicholson, Education Council Chair to discuss the opportunity.
Feedback needed: annual Calendar content review
The Registrar’s Office is asking department chairs to review Calendar content and submit any minor changes (those not requiring approval by Education Council) to Carlyn Young by March 2, 2015.
A PDF version of the 2014-15 Calendar will be finalized at the end of March. Following this, the 2015-16 Calendar will be published. Any program and course changes will always be included in the online Calendar as it is updated on a monthly basis. Chairs can review content online.
ILT newsletter Winter 2015
The Institute for Learning and Teaching’s Winter 2015 Enhancing the Practice of Learning and Teaching newsletter is now available. This latest edition focuses on the theme “Experiential Education and Service Learning” and includes numerous articles by faculty and staff from all campus locations, sharing their expertise, research and insights in a wide range of topics. Read the newsletter here.
Let’s play ball: Coyotes Baseball tickets on sale
Winter will soon be behind us, and the spring is a great time to go to the ball-park. Season’s tickets for the Okanagan College Coyotes games are available for $25 from the Athletics, Recreation & Student Life Office A105 at the Kelowna campus. Great prizes are up for grabs for season tickets holders.
Car service opp: alignment/steering
The Automotive Service Technician foundation program is currently looking for service work in alignments/steering. If you feel your vehicle could use this type of service or inspection please email Davor Kacic with your request. Click here to review the guidelines and criteria.
Paperless beneficiary tool online for BC Pension Plan
Plan members can update their beneficiary information and nominate combinations of persons, trustees and organizations by logging on to My Account in the College Pension Plan or Municipal Pension Plan website to use the Nomination of Beneficiary Tool. Going online helps to reduce paper usage. This tool is secure and easy to use.
Upcoming Strategic Plan stakeholder sessions
Helping to guide the College to 2020, the Strategic Plan committee will host a series of stakeholder sessions. The face-to-face sessions are an opportunity to get involved and provide your feedback.
Upcoming ILT lunch and learn events
ILT invites you on Thursday March 5 to join Karen Barnstable, Learner Centered Instruction Instructor and also Educational Leader with the BC Cancer Agency Prevention Programs in a presentation titled “Cancer prevention: it’s not beyond us.” The interactive session will share current information on the progress and challenges we face in the fight against cancer and also discuss new treatments and programs that are making a difference. Learn about the five lifestyle factors that prevent more than half of cancers. The session takes place from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Kelowna Campus, room H101.
To register for these ILT lunch and learn events, visit the website.
Managing stress and anxiety topic of talk by Dr. Justine Dowd
An upcoming presentation will discuss evidence-based strategies to help effectively reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Join Dr. Justine Dowd from UBCO’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences who will be visiting the College for an open guest presentation to staff and students titled Self-compassion: how to get what you want in life by being your best self. Dr. Dowd will lead the group through techniques and share tips that can help individuals cope with difficult situations in order to help you focus on achieving your goals in life. The event will be held at the Kelowna campus in room C234 on Wednesday March 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. To RSVP, contact Angelika March.
Who are the OC students? ILT workshop in Vernon
On Wednesday March 11 ILT presents an interactive workshop with James Coble, Director of Student Services, exploring what we know, or think we know, about our OC Student demographics. The snapshots we see each day in our interactions at work may lead us to believe that we know what the typical OC student is like, but are we correct?
Early bird registration for half marathon, 10 K and relay race
In just over a month runners will storm through Kelowna streets for the 2015 Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race. Participants can register online for the Sunday, March 29 event and until March 2, take advantage of early bird pricing. If you would like to volunteer on race day, please contact Michelle Lowry.
Disability Resource Network of BC Conference
Registration is now open for the two-day annual DRNBC Post-Secondary Education 2015 conference in Vancouver May 21 and 22. Community members and educators from across the province will meet to discuss new ideas and the latest research in disability resource. This year’s theme looks at honouring the cultural diversity within the disability community with a keynote address given by Jonathan Mooney, best known as the author of The Short Bus. For more information and to register, follow this link. Early bird pricing is currently available.
The Okanagan Saturday picked up on the press release and accompanying photo generated when the Okanagan College Students Union announced a $100,000 donation to the trades complex expansion and renovation project. KelownaNow.com noted the OCSU donation on its Facebook page. Castanet also carried the story and an Okanagan College-generated video. Kiss-FM carried the story as well. It also made the Lower Mainland digital press with a story in Vancouver City and Press.
Word of the Christian family donation of $75,000 to food-service seating in the trades complex also earned the Okanagan Sunday’s attention in an article on Page A3. The Kelowna Capital News carried the story on Feb. 13. The Carter Family donation of $100,000 – reported extensively in previous weeks – hit NewsLocker.com as well.
Dr. Barry McGillivray’s donation of $100,000 to establish the Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Research was noted on the front page of the Daily Courier’s business section on Feb. 18. The Okanagan Falls Daily News also carried the story, as did KelownaNow.com, and Veooz.
Word of Winter Indulgence, the sweet treat buffet developed by OC’s Pastry Arts students, hit the Daily Courier three days before the Valentine’s Day Event.
The Revelstoke Mountaineer carried a feature on Okanagan College’s ESL Settlement Assistance Program.
Minister Andrew Wilkinson visited Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on Feb. 5 and shared news of $171,428 going toward trade equipment. Word of the announcement was carried in the Feb. 8 edition of the Vernon Morning Star.
The new construction craft worker program to be offered by Okanagan College was a front page story in the Penticton Herald and earned the second page of the Daily Courier’s business section as well. It also had play on KelownaNow.com.
Gold Medal Plates came to the College in early February, and the Kelowna Capital News carried the story of Chefs battling in the kitchen as the front page feature on Feb. 11. The Penticton Herald noted Edmonton Chef Ryan O’Flynn’s victory in its Feb. 18 article. National exposure was the order of the day with the St. John’s Telegram carrying a feature by one of the GMP judges, Karl Wells, that mentioned the role the College plays.
Okanagan College English Professor Alix Hawley unveiled her first novel, All True Not a Lie in It last week – the Daily Courier carried a promotional story on Feb. 13, as did the Kelowna Capital News. The Toronto Star had carried a review of the novel earlier as well. The Winnipeg Free Press jumped into the act with a review of the book.
The Vernon Morning Star ran OC’s press release on the environmental art competition and symposium on Feb. 14.
Stories about bursaries and scholarships distributed by the Okanagan College Foundation began to appear the week of Feb. 13, with the Vernon Morning Star including a colour photo of Gabriella Carr and professor Mark Nishihara. The Kelowna Capital News carried the article on bursary distribution on Feb. 20.
A celebratory photo of Cristina Corral crossing the finish line in last year’s College Half-Marathon accompanied a story announcing registration for this year’s March 29 event in the Champions section of the Daily Courier on Feb. 20.
The road-weary Okanagan College Coyotes returned to Kelowna with 8,300 additional kilometres on their team bus, amassed as they logged 14 games in eight days travel through the west coast of the U.S. The Coyotes home opener is March 7 at Elks stadium – all facts caught in the Feb. 20 edition of the Kelowna Capital News. Castanet carried a story about the Coyotes too.
Okanagan College alumnus (and Kelowna Mayor) Colin Basran presented his state-of-the-city address to the Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 11. – captured in a story by Daily Courier business reporter Steve MacNaull in the Feb. 12 newspaper. Kelowna Capital News reporter Alistair Waters’ story on the speech was carried in the Feb. 13 edition of his paper. Interesting to note that the Mayor referred to Okanagan College as one of the four pillars of the local economy. The others being Kelowna General Hospital, the Kelowna International Airport and UBC Okanagan. The speech – and the four pillars reference – also figured into coverage by InfoTel News.
CANStruction, a foodraiser for the Kelowna and Westside Foodbanks and the Salvation Army organized in part by Enactus Okanagan College, earned photo coverage in the Feb. 17 Kelown Daily Courier and a story in the Feb. 16 edition. Castanet also carried a story about CANStruction.
Kimberleigh Trops, a business student at Okanagan College, is among those joining the newly formed Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC), whose launch was covered by Castanet.
On Feb. 11, a group of Okanagan College’s international students were learning how to skate at Kelowna’s Stuart Park – and were captured on film for the Daily Courier by photographer Gary Nylander.
Dragons’ Den is coming to Kelowna – specifically Okanagan College – on March 4, a fact that didn’t escape Castanet.
Word the Okanagan College and Okanagan College Faculty Association had signed off on a tentative template agreement (still subject to local bargaining) was carried by Castanet on Feb. 20.
Fifty years ago, as Kelowna was reveling in the fact of the B.C. Vocational School, Vernon Mayor Ellwood Rice was saying that Vernon deserved its own college, a fact that was noted in the Daily Courier’s regular feature “A Look Back at Life in the Okanagan.”
Okanagan College’s press release on the Science in Society Speaker Series was picked up in the Okanagan Sunday on Feb. 15. The topic was sports concussions, featuring Dr. Paul van Donkelaar. The Vernon Morning Star picked up the same release in its Feb. 15 edition.
Yetis Farm, the Kelowna-based animation studio, and co-owner Ashley Ramsay were the foci of an article by Kelowna Daily Courier reporter Steve MacNaull on Feb. 17. The article noted the number of hires for the growing company from the ranks of grads from Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan.