SIFE Okanagan cleans up at national competitionOkanagan College’s Students in Free Enterprise arrived back in the Okanagan last week bringing home with them seven national awards – more than any of the other 53 teams at the national SIFE competition.
SIFE Okanagan’s Green Team won first place in the country after presenting to a panel of industry experts on a variety of community-minded sustainable projects that included partnerships with the Kelowna and Vernon Chamber of Commerce and Glenmore Elementary.
“What we were able to demonstrate at this competition is that we stand up for our communities,” explained Green Team captain Sattu Dhaliwal. “We take every opportunity to create change and put our social entrepreneurship education into action."
In Financial Literacy, Okanagan College earned second place behind Ryerson University – the overall winners of the National competition. Projects executed by the team included mentorship of Young Entrepreneurs, consultation to Therapy Vineyards and credit management and educational program delivery to Bridges Youth Mentorship in Kelowna.
At the final awards ceremony Okanagan College received an unexpected but highly coveted award for the Most Supportive Campus Administration. Okanagan College received a standing ovation as President Jim Hamilton, Board Chair Lance Kayfish, Dean Jayne Brooks and Chair David Northcott took the stage to receive the award – evidence of SIFE Okanagan’s network of support from the institution
SIFE Okanagan also won the Campbell’s Soup Can Hunger project, which charged Canada’s SIFE teams with collectively raising 100,000 pounds of food for local Food Banks. Okanagan College collected in excess of 36,000 pounds of food – more than a third of the national goal.
Third-year Kelowna business student Matthew Cosar earned the David Henderson Bursary for Entrepreneurial Leadership in recognition of his strong team leadership.
Okanagan College faculty were also singled out with awards. Faculty Advisors Sheilagh Seaton (Penticton) and Garth Maguire (Vernon) earned the John Dobson Ace Fellow awards for 2010. To find out more about the national competition, visit: www.okanagan.bc.ca/sife2010.
Building the Long-Term Education Plan
Work is underway on a critical piece of institutional planning that will complement the Strategic Plan process that was started earlier this spring and which is continuing
The outcome of the plan is to create a detailed map of where Okanagan College needs to go in terms of educational direction, rationale, programming and resource support for the next five to 10 years. Getting to that outcome will entail a unique process that is intended to stimulate dialogue and deepen discovery.
May 25, 2010 Vol. 4 Issue 4
24 hour RelayOkanagan College will enter a team into the Central Okanagan 24 hour relay in support of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. Campus Recreation’s Mike and Lynn are organizing the team and are looking for participants. The race takes place in Kelowna at the Apple Bowl and begins at 9:30 a.m. on June 12.
Join other staff and students to raise money and awareness for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. Sign up friends, family or colleagues and enjoy 24 hours of entertainment, food and lot of fun. Register at the Student Athletics office in Kelowna or contact Mike or Lynn.
Emailing Campus Security, now easierOkanagan College’s Facilities Management has made a small change to simplify the way in which staff use email to contact Campus Security. Security is now listed in the College’s email address book. Simply type in “Security” and a range of options will pop up. From there you can select the campus you would like and end off your email to the correct location.
Spring Into Summer Fitness ChallengeIt’s time once again to challenge yourself and your colleagues to the Spring into Summer Fitness Challenge. This is an opportunity to build on the momentum of the “Put Your Money Where your Mouth is” challenge and to continue to integrate physical activity into your daily life. There will be milestone prizes posted on the Spring into Summer website. There are points for all kinds of activities and bonus points for signing up new participants. This challenge runs from May 3-June 25. Contact Lynn or Mike for more information.
Kayaking Kalamalka LakeJoin Campus Recreation’s Mike Craig and Lynn Johnson for an amazing kayaking experience on Kalamalka Lake on Wednesday, June 23 from 1-4 p.m.
Included in this excursion is a 30-minute kayak orientation and then participants will hit the lake to explore the amazing waters of Kalamalka Lake. The kayaking tour will be led by Kelowna Kayak and Outdoor Inc. The cost of joining is $30 and space is limited. Registration is available at the Student Athletics and Recreation office in Kelowna or contact Mike or Lynn.
Register now for Connections 2010 - Okanagan College's employee learning conference and secure your spot in the learning symposia of your choice. Plan to attend one of two days: Wednesday, August 25 or Thursday, August 26. The events begin with coffee and check-in beginning at 8:30 followed by presentations at 9:30 by Jim Hamilton and guest speaker, Chris Schneider.
Chris’s presentation will address social media and its influence in our daily work and personal lives in ways you may never have contemplated before. Lunch is provided, reconnect with colleagues, then attend your choice of learning sessions and a social event in the afternoon. What a great way to gear up for the new academic year. If you have any questions, please contact Kaya Forest.
50/50 winner announcedCongratulations to Norbert Heinzelmann from Telecommunications in Kelowna who won last week’s payday draw for $525. The Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery is open to all employees of Okanagan College. If you wish to sign up for the lottery, registration forms are available from: Advancement & Alumni/Okanagan College Foundation office (P103, KLO Campus), Human Resources or online.
May 28 - The Kelowna lecture theatre will host a performance by M.A.S.K. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Contact Angie March for more information.
June 4 – Trades Commencement, 6 p.m. at the Kelowna campus. Contact Michelle Lowry for more information.
June 5 – Spring Convocation at the Kelowna campus, 10:30 a.m. (Health and Arts programs, Associate degrees, Technology diplomas, CIS, HKIN) and 1:30 p.m. (Business Programs, Commercial Aviation, Advanced Culinary Arts). Contact Michelle Lowry for more information.
June 9 - Campus Recreation is hosting a BBQ in Kelowna to raise funds for the Okanagan College 24 Hour Relay Team. All proceeds will go to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and Easter Seals Camp in Winfield. The BBQ will take place in the courtyard at the KLO campus and will begin at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for a healthy lunch and rsvps can be sent to Mike before June 7.
June 10 – The Okanagan College Foundation will host a concert fundraiser featuring award-winning bluegrass artists A Day Late and A Dollar Short. The concert will take place at the Vernon campus at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will go toward scholarships and bursaries for Okanagan College students. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $16 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at the Bean Scene in Vernon (2923 30th Avenue) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
June 12 – The Darren Cabral Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at the Vernon Golf and Country Club – registration starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by a shot-gun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to support a scholarship for a student in Okanagan College's Human Service Work program. Darren Cabral was an alumnus of the Human Service Work program. His friends and family have organized the charity golf tournament to help support students who follow in his path in the field of Human Service Work. Contact Andrew or Jeff for more information: 250-545-6272.
June 28 – Vernon Commencement and Convocation, 4:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centre in Vernon. Contact Michelle Lowry for more information.
June 29 – Summer Convocation, 6 p.m. at the Kelowna campus. Contact Michelle Lowry for more information.
Audio Engineering and Music Production grads along with faculty celebrated the 19th anniversary of the program. Check out the pictures in eVent night out.
Vernon hosted Experience Okanagan College for more than 400 Grade 11 students. See a photo in The College Experience.
The OC Coyotes baseball team made headlines as they played for the CCBC title. Read more in: Coyotes vie for the college title, Coyotes vs Wolfpack in ‘Loops, OC Coyotes reach semis and Coyotes stopped in semi finals. The Daily Courier’s Champions magazine also captured several photos of them in play.
Lynda Wilson, former Regional Dean of the Shuswap Revelstoke region will receive the Distinguished Service Award for her dedication to Okanagan College and the community. Read more in: Distinguished Service.
Culinary Arts students prepared a five-course meal to help benefit the writing and publishing programs at Okanagan College - Culinary college kids cooking up a storm.
Residential Construction students in Penticton who usually build homes through the Home for Learning program will this time work with Greyback Construction to build an office structure for the Penticton Indian Band. Read more in: Partnership helps students.
Kelowna Residential Construction Trades students will build the 2010 Home for Learning with a Green Gold standard. View a photo from the program’s groundbreaking ceremony in: The Green Gold standard.
Okanagan College Arts student Matt Hall made his way to Ottawa to attend a National Youth Ambassadors conference. Find out more about his experience in: Hall answering the call for Okanagan College or read coverage in the Globe and Mail - It's the economy that counts and the rest is just noise, Harper tells students.
In her School’s In column, Registrar Jane Muskens writes about the value of trades training and how heavy-duty mechanic John Aldred was able to donate $15 million to SAIT to go towards a new trades training building. Read more in: Trades grad gives back.
Due to fires on a piece of leased property behind the Penticton campus, consideration is being given to fence off the property, which would deny public access. Read more about the issue in: Fires on vacant lot causing concern.
Okanagan College friend Jack Ross donated his deceased wife’s Kimball piano to the Kalamalka campus so local students would have the opportunity to appreciate and play his wife’s most treasured possession. Read more in: Beloved piano donated to college.
SIFE Okanagan students competed against students from the top universities in Canada while at the National exposition in Calgary and won several awards. Read more about their success in: Business students scoop up awards and SIFE students win big at nationals.
The new Green Business of the Year Award, which was a joint initiative between SIFE and the Vernon Chamber of Commerce, was awarded to Aspenware Inc. at the Greater Vernon’s 2010 Business Excellence Awards. SIFE and Okanagan College worked with the judges to select the winner. Find out more in: Businesses honoured at awards.
In Kelowna, the Chamber of Commerce partnered with SIFE Okanagan to present the 2010 Green Business Awards. These awards recognize organizations that demonstrate leadership and forward thinking in adopting environmentally sustainable practices in their businesses. Read more in: Green Business Awards.
Grade 12 students in Penticton got noticed by Dragons’ Den judges for their product “Burnt Bindings,” an attachment on snowboard bindings that allows the foot to face forward in the lift lines. The idea for the Dragons’ Den competition in Penticton came from a similar event in Kelowna organized by SIFE students. Read more in: Lift lines made easier.
Kelowna Community Resources and Okanagan College hosted the first Diversity Health Fair on May 15. To find out more read the article.
CBC Radio will host a panel featuring Okanagan filmmakers including communications instructor Marc Arellano, as the Okanagan Institute presents Celluloid Dreams: The Best Seat in the House. Read more in: Visionaries share their film making dreams.
In his Global Citizen column Stan Chung gives readers a sneak peak to Colin Snowsell’s novella The Frollett Homestead. Find out where to get a copy in: An Okanagan ghost story.
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