NTEn students volunteer their expertise and connect with communityLast week a group of first-year Okanagan College Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology students had the opportunity to put their education to work when they volunteered their time to help set up a network for the Okanagan Regional Innovation Centre, which is newly located on St. Paul Street. With support from instructors Phil Ashman and Clinton Myers, the team spent an afternoon helping set up data connection terminations. This hands-on experience was timely as the students are currently learning about this in one of their classes.
Four additions to Okanagan College Board of GovernorsFour new members will join the Okanagan College Board of Governors. Two members, Loretta Swite and Yvonne Pinder, have been appointed to the Okanagan College Board of Governors by the Provincial Government and two new student members, Jason Manning and Zhen Zhou, will join the body this fall. The Province also reappointed Brian Hughes, of Penticton, to another three years on the Board, ending in 2012.
Swite is a Councillor with the Westbank First Nation, Chair of School District 23’s Aboriginal Education Committee, and an Okanagan College alumna (Civil Engineering Technology ’01). Yvonne Pinder is a former Vice-President of Finance at Okanagan College and former Chief Financial Officer of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology as well as a former Director of Integrated Financial Services at Saskatchewan Health. Both members will serve on the Board for a year. For more information, read the Public Affairs press release.
A new exhibition began on Thursday, October 23 and will run until early December. The new show includes excerpts from Gallery Vertigo's current exhibition, "Not with a BANG, but with an SUV..." as well as never-before-seen works addressing environmental issues.
All are invited to view the works at Kalamalka Vertigo, located at Vernon's Kalamalka Campus of Okanagan College. The gallery is located just past the college lecture theatre in the main building adjacent to the college office. For more information, contact John Lent.
Join Okanagan College’s Speaker’s BureauAs an institution Okanagan College has a wealth of resources in its staff. Many of the College’s faculty, administrators and support staff hold expertise in teaching, scholarly activity, or research, and have extensive knowledge in a variety of topics. Public Affairs is often approached by community groups and the media looking for experts to speak on a variety of issues. In order to streamline the process of identifying individuals who are willing and able to share their knowledge, Public Affairs is generating a Speaker’s Bureau. Anyone interested in joining the Bureau is asked to follow this link to a form and fill out biographical information. As the results are compiled they will be posted on our website and will be available to the public. Anyone with questions about the Speaker’s Bureau can contact Christine Ulmer.
College staff, students praised for corporate social responsibilityA number of Okanagan College staff including: Alf Leimert, Dean Nutter, Tim Dorn, Greg Burkett, Allan Coyle and Christine Ulmer, were commended for their efforts in a community initiative in Kelowna that resulted in the achievement of the Okanagan’s only Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Trailer Unit.
The idea for the unit, which contains 180 spineboards, a generator, emergency lights and can be utilized as an emergency command post, first came to organizers Gerry Harris and Brian Moore during the September 11 attacks and was revisited after the Okanagan Mountain Fires.
Now, seven years later, the Okanagan has an emergency unit that can be called upon during an emergency scenario. Okanagan College played a major role in the project with carpentry students and staff donating their time to cut, sand and spray all 180 spineboards for the project. Students and staff from the welding department stepped up to help, constructing the generator mount and metal racks that house the spineboards. The launch of the event was held at Okanagan College.
In a letter of thanks to the Okanagan College Board of Governors organizer Gerry Harris said:
“I wish to stress the importance of what you and these dedicated staff have provided to our communities. Corporate social responsibility is a current “buzzword” in the outside world - Okanagan College lives that philosophy. I and my colleagues are humbled to have this calibre of dedication and energy to the community. In a world of cynicism, it is refreshing to see that the concept of service and quality are being practiced in spades.”
Shaw TV and College partner to increase awareness of tradesA new strategic partnership between Shaw TV and Okanagan College will profile different trades and educational opportunities that exist in the region. This yearlong series will air on Shaw TV and be promoted on cable channels as well. Those channels include A&E, CNN, CNN Headline News, Speed, Spike, TBS & TLC. The first segment in the series aired on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and featured the Automotive Collision Repair trade with Okanagan College alumni and Prestige Collision owners Todd and Mark Regier. Follow this link to watch the segment. The second segment in the series will air Tuesday, Oct. 28 and will feature the RV Service Technician trade and Okanagan College alumni who are working at Westgate RV.
Centre for Learning: new phase of constructionA particularly beautiful evening sky made for a great photo of the construction on the new Centre for Learning by facilities' Rick Montagnon. Rick couldn’t resist capturing the moment with his digital camera.
Construction on the Centre for Learning has now reached a new phase with work being done to complete the fifth floor of the new building and to join the library to the new construction. This phase has unfortunately resulted in some increased construction noise for the staff, students and classrooms in the library. Constructing the walkways and the needed library expansion to the south has the construction team working more directly on the library building itself.
As a result, there is a new work schedule with PCL. The construction crew will not be working on the library building itself from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to reduce the noise affecting classes and studies. Anyone with concerns about the level of noise can contact Charmaine Eby.
Home for Learning SummerlandPartners and sponsors in Okanagan College’s 2008 Home for Learning project in Summerland celebrated the completion of the home today at a reception. The completed project is now for sale - net proceeds from the sale will go toward scholarships and new tools and equipment for trades students. To download a pdf of the print supplement about the 2008 Home for Learning, follow this link. The next South Okanagan Home for Learning project will begin in February in Penticton and will be a not-for-profit joint partnership with Habitat for Humanity. For more information, contact Nancy Darling.
Baseball team finishes season on a highThe fledgling Okanagan College Baseball team ended their fall exhibition season on a major high crushing their number one rival, the TRU Wolfpack, 9 -1. Lefty Rob Alskne pitched nine strong innings, Nick Perruzo hit a home run, everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit, contributing to Okanagan College’s big win.
The team put together an errorless game, played strong defense behind a great pitching performance by Alksne, and had lots of timely hitting, giving the team something to look forward to for their first league game in the spring of 2009. Several more players are scheduled to enroll at the College in January, making the team even more competitive.
Head Coach Geoff White and assistants Scott Wallis, Jared Johnson, Pedro Ibanez, and GM Bill Bayne, have worked hard to put this team together in a very short period of time, in conjunction with some very cooperative staff from Okanagan College, and look forward to making the College’s only athletic team a great ambassador in the region. Anyone wishing to show their support for the team can purchase an Okanagan College baseball t-shirt ($20) or hat ($30) at the Campus Bookstore.
A familiar face around the Kelowna campus, William Richardson is always keen to help staff and takes great pride in his work with Facilities Management in the recycling program. William’s colleagues have always known about his positive attitude, friendly smile and great work ethic – what they may not know is that William is also an award-winning multi-sport athlete. William has won top honours at several regional, provincial and national competitions in softball, five-pin and 10-pin bowling.
The Okanagan College community is invited to attend open houses at the various campuses regarding the 2007-2012 Education Plan Review. At each of the open houses the Regional Deans will be looking for feedback on the suggested changes and issues raised by the Education Plan Review.
Below are dates and times for all of the Open Houses.
Nov. 3 Kelowna - S103B - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 7 Penticton - CO2 - 3 - 4 p.m.
Nov. 12 Vernon - E202 - 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 12 Salmon Arm - 134 - 2 - 4 p.m.
For more information, contact Lara Jennings.