Connections wrap up
Okanagan College just wrapped up its ninth annual employee learning conference, which took place on Aug. 19 and 20 at the Kelowna campus.
To assist in the planning of next year’s event, the Connections organizing committee would like all event attendees to fill out the following survey (if you haven’t already done so). Don’t miss this opportunity to have your suggestions and input incorporated into future Connections conferences.
Kick Off to Orientation
The College is gearing up to welcome faculty and new and returning students to campus next week for the fall term.
These events take place at each campus, click here for details.
New Continuing Studies programs
The 2014-15 Continuing Studies brochure is now available and has been sent to homes across the Okanagan Valley.
To view the digital version of the 2014-15 Continuing Studies brochure, click the following link.
Park-Aid in Kelowna
The construction of the Trades Training Complex has resulted in a reduction of parking spaces at the Kelowna campus. As a result, employees and visitors to the Kelowna campus are encouraged to park in the Evangel Church parking lot located at 3261 Gordon Drive, south of the Esso Station.
This year, the College has rented 150 parking spaces in the Northwest corner of the lot (closest to the College) for employees, students and construction workers to use Monday through Friday. Please make sure your staff parking sticker is visible when you park there.
The lot is only a six to eight minute walk to campus and is a great way to get some exercise and reduce stress.
Blair Baldwin’s research reveals secret to Okanagan prosperity
Okanagan College business professor Dr. Blair Baldwin's research has garnered international attention.
This is especially important given the Okanagan’s increasing profile on the global wine stage. A July poll of readers of the U.S.’s largest circulating newspaper, USA Today, found the Okanagan was the #2 wine destination in the world, second only to Alentejo, Portugal.
Global News picked up on the press release highlighting Baldwin’s research. View the video here.
Also see coverage in the Westside Weekly (OK College discovers key to wine industry’s success), and the Kelowna Capital News (Professor’s research unlocks key to future prosperity).
Professor showcases Summerland’s unique geology
On July 19 and Aug. 23, Okanagan College geography and environmental science professor Kathleen Jagger shared her knowledge of local geology with 35 participants on tours through Summerland.
Taking approximately three hours, Jagger’s tour showed attendees the strata revealed by the highway expansion, the formation of the Silt Cliffs, how Okanagan Lake was formed, examples of lava flows from the extinct volcano, and striations left from the last passing glacier.
It also included exploration of Giant’s Head Mountain where the attendees enjoyed panoramic views from the summit.
"I have volunteered to lead this tour for the last eight years and it’s been very popular with locals and visitors to the region. It now requires two tours to cover demand,” says Jagger.
Party for Jan Leonard
Trades and Apprenticeship is hosting an open house for Jan Leonard on Friday, Aug. 29 from 12-1 p.m. in room B129 to mark her retirement.
“Jan is a pleasure to work with and I will miss her smile and her positive character,” says Pat Dandeneau, Manager of Apprenticeship Programs.
“She has always been there to assist the students in navigating their apprenticeships and offered the department valuable insight into enhancing internal processes and procedures to improve services to our students.”
Yvonne Pinder retires from Board
Yvonne Pinder recently retired from Okanagan College’s Board of Governors, where she has been a member since 2008 and also served as Vice Chair.
Aug. 26, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 11
College closure on Labour Day
Please note that all campuses will be closed for business in observance of the Labour Day statutory holiday on Sept. 1. The College will reopen with regular business hours on Sept. 2, which also marks the start of the Fall semester.
Employee health and wellness
Okanagan College's Employee and Family Assistance Provider, Optum PPC Canada, provides a wealth of information each month about an important issue regarding your health and well-being.
Read the August newsletter.
Optum PPC Canada is also hosting a webinar on Aug. 27 at 12 p.m. about recognizing and avoiding daily anxiety triggers. Sign up here.
Family Award application deadline
Applications are being accepted for the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees, until Sept. 19. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31.
Kelowna campus power disruption
The construction of the Kelowna Trades Complex requires a significant electrical shutdown from Friday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m.
The power to the West Trades electrical room will be off during that time and the following areas will be affected:
There will be no power interruptions to the following areas: Lab, Student Services, Cafeteria, Library, Day Care, P Building and Skaha Residence. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Peter Csandl in Facilities Management at ext. 5625.
Yoga at work
Okanagan College employees and yoga instructors Kim Snyder and Dawn Balic teach yoga classes on a weekly basis to staff and students.
Bring a yoga mat, towel (for under your mat), water and wear comfortable clothes.
Terry Fox Run
On Sept. 14, Team Okanagan College will be participating in the 34th annual Terry Fox Run in Kelowna, starting at the Mission Sports Fields. Registration is at 10 a.m., race starts at 11 a.m.
Click here to register.
A recent economic impact study reveals that Okanagan College contributes more than half a billion dollars to the regional economy, see College contributes to economy in the Vernon Morning Star, and OC making its economic mark in the Kelowna Capital News.
Okanagan College announces its newest entrepreneur-in-residence, philanthropist and tech entrepreneur, Dave Krysko, see Club Penguin co-founder brings expertise in the Vernon Morning Star.
Construction is well underway at the Greater Vernon Community Sports Complex next to Okanagan College, see Major project in the Vernon Morning Star.
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The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Sept. 9, 2014.