Connections 2009Sustainability - students, employees, campuses, communities
Please join your colleagues for Connections 2009! Mark your calendars to attend one day: Wednesday, August 19 or Thursday, August 20. After reviewing feedback from the previous three events, it was determined that holding this event the week just before the beginning of the new semester made it difficult for many faculty and staff to participate, so this year we are trying slightly different timing. Come join colleagues and friends to reflect on the past years' successes and get inspired for a new year.
The organizing committee is already hard at work to begin preparations for this event - do you have any ideas, comments, or suggestions? Contact Kaya Forest
Vernon hosts Aboriginal Student Day
Students, staff and community partners gathered at the Kalamalka campus of Okanagan College on Thursday, March 26 to celebrate the culture and contributions of Aboriginal students at the College. Several Aboriginal students from School District 22 attended the event, took tours of the campus and had the opportunity to experience what it is like to be an Okanagan College student. One of Okanagan College’s own students prepared bannock, which was served with chili for Aboriginal tacos. Drummers and dancers provided entertainment.
Social entrepreneurship on menu at OBSA Banquet
The Okanagan Business Students’ Association hosted the 30th annual OBSA Business Banquet featuring keynote speaker Ben Barry
- winner of CIBC's Student Entreprenuer of the Year and creative force behind the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty
Barry's address focused on social entrepreneurship and he shared how he uses his business, a successful modeling
agency, to promote realistic and diverse definitions of beauty. He
encouraged other business owners and managers, as well as students
entering the workforce, to decide what they want to change in the
world, and to use their entrepreneurial skills to work for social
benefit, as well as financial profits.
Also speaking at the event was business student Justin Sharma
. The event, which raises money to support business students, awarded nine top-notch students from the Okanagan School of Business with financial awards.
Students recognized by President Hamilton
Twelve Okanagan College students from across the region were recognized by their Regional Deans and President Jim Hamilton at the President’s Award reception on March 18. President Hamilton delivered eight President’s Entrance Scholarships as well as two Millennium Excellence Awards at a recognition dinner. Each of the students were selected based on demonstrated excellence in academics, community service and leadership skills.
College launches Women in Trades Training Initiative
This week Okanagan College launched a series of Women in Trades Training Initiatives
in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon. The programs are aimed at under and unemployed women who are interested in gaining skills and experience in a variety of building trades. The program offers assistance for women who qualify - go online to find out more about the WTTI online
. You can also view three WTTI commercials produced by CHBC by following these links: WTTI-1
Campus-to-Campus participation nearly doubles
Registration for the seventh annual Campus-to-Campus Half Marathon and Bookworm Relay Race has nearly doubled with more than 450 runners participating in the event this weekend. This year’s race is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever with close to 40 entries in the relay competition (which is nearly six times more teams than last year). The race will kick off on Sunday, March 29 at 8 a.m. at the end of Curtis Road in Glenmore. The course will travel down Valley Road to the base of Knox Mountain, along the waterfront to Gyro beach and will finish at the Kelowna Campus. Best of luck to Okanagan College staff and students who are taking part in this great event.
The Three Steps Forward website www.3stepsforward.ca
now has information on some of
Okanagan College’s most successful sustainable projects, such as the
new LEED building and the heat recovery system on the KLO campus. If
you have a story to tell about successful socially or environmentally
responsible projects, please send a concise summary and picture to
The Okanagan College Enviro Club is
holding its second trash audit at the KLO Campus on April 1, 2009. The
trash audit evolved from a UBC Okanagan challenge to Okanagan College.
Both institutions decided to audit the campus’ garbage and determine
what was actual garbage and what could be diverted into recycling or
compost. The initial audit was held on Nov. 4, 2008 and determined that
the KLO campus' trash contained 33% compostable and 37% recyclable
material in garbage bins. From that each campus had the challenge to
reduce the amount of waste being generated. The upcoming audit results
will determine the winner of the challenge. The Enviro Club is asking
staff and students to help by not throwing anything out on March 31 and
April 1, and seriously reconsidering what you are throwing into the
trash each day.
Kelowna campus joins the Community 20-Minute Makeover
Regional Waste Reduction Office has requested Okanagan College’s
participation in the community 20-minute makeover, which aims to
encourage everyone to spend 20 minutes on Wednesday, April 1 at 10 a.m.
to help beautify the campus. Staff are invited to join this initiative,
along with thousands of other students, business people and community
groups, to pick litter, sweep the sidewalk, or paint over graffiti in
our communities on Wednesday, April 1 from 10 – 10:20 a.m. Simply
organize your group, decide what you want to do and help clean our
communities that morning.
The Regional Waste Reduction Office will provide the garbage bags and pick up the litter after.
Canada’s highest-ranking RCMP member joins Okanagan College Foundation Board
Canada’s former RCMP Commissioner, Beverley Busson
, recently joined the Board of Directors for the Okanagan College Foundation. As the first woman to ever hold the position of top ranking RCMP member, Busson has a strong history of service, which has roots in the Okanagan and Shuswap. Now retired from the RCMP, Beverley lives near Salmon Arm and is looking forward to contributing her time and expertise to benefit Okanagan College students and their educational pursuits. Read a Public Affairs press release
for more info or read these news articles: Former top cop joins Okanagan College Foundation Board
and OC enlists ex-top cop.
EXPERIENCE Ron Spence’s research
Okanagan School of Business professor Ron Spence
will showcase the preliminary findings of his research into the business practices of independently owned restaurant operators through a multimedia display this weekend in Penticton. Ron interviewed more than 117 people in the restaurant industry over the course of an eight-week, 6,500-mile road trip throughout the western United States. Joining Ron will be Erin Burge
, an OUC and UBCO Fine Arts alumna who will display a collection of her abstract expressionism and creative work. The event will take place this weekend at the Mediterranean Grill in Penticton (950 Lakeshore Drive) from 12 – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
In memory of Maureen MorrisonMaureen Morrison
, a valued and long serving volunteer literacy tutor at Okanagan College, passed away recently. Maureen served as a volunteer literacy tutor at the College for 12 years. She had a passion for reading and wanted to share that passion with beginning readers and writers. Maureen was always flexible and generous with her time but more importantly she had empathy and compassion for literacy learners. A celebration of her life will be held in Kelowna at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church on Saturday, April 4 at 4 p.m.
Cards can be sent to her two daughters and families: c/o Trevor Kilburn, #204- 440 Cascia Dr., Kelowna, B.C. V1W 4Y4
Arellano nominated for Best Home Grown documentary
Communications professor Marc Arellano recently received news that his short documentary, kə nā dē ən
, has been nominated in the Okanagan Best Home Grown category by the Okanagan Film Festival. This is the second major success for Marc’s film, which was a finalist in CBC Radio’s contest Migrations. Marc’s film will be featured on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre in Kelowna on Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m. Award-winners will be announced and presented at the Okanagan Film Awards Brunch on Sunday, April 26. For more information about the awards visit: www.okanaganfilmfestival.com
Okanagan College's Director of Public Affairs Allan Coyle
emerged from a meeting at the Penticton Campus this week to find a piece of paper fluttering beneath his windshield wiper. A parking ticket? Coyle wasn't even out of the parking lot before he phoned Donna Lomas. It's all a set-up, claims Coyle, who was charged for failure to display parking pass.
"I have a pass," he says, "but I've put it where I think the sticker does the most good - in my rear window, so other motorists get a chance to see where I work." He's long been a proponent of putting stickers in the rear window, but this all-about-branding scofflaw is also a good sport. While he won't pay the ticket (because he does have a parking pass that was displayed), he will contribute $10 to the emergency student loan fund in Penticton (the equivalent of the fine).
Civil students secure Kelowna campus fortress
A class of second-year Civil Engineering Technology students put their theoretical knowledge into practice last week when they pitched in to build a stonewall across from the entrance to the cafeteria at the Kelowna campus. The students spent the afternoon working on the project, which is just one of the many campus projects Civil students have worked on over the past few years. Last year’s class built a wall in the northeast corner of the cafeteria, the 2007 class built a large planter by the main bus stop on KLO Road and previous classes built a number of planters and walls.
Loleen MacDonald to represent Okanagan CollegeLoleen MacDonald
, Aboriginal Recruiter and Event Coordinator for the North Okanagan and Shuswap-Revelstoke regions, was recently notified of her acceptance to the Inclusion Works ’09 Recruitment Fair
in Vancouver. Loleen was one of 100 selected to attend the event, which is organized by the Aboriginal Human Resources Council. More than 400 people applied to attend. Loleen will represent Okanagan College both as an alumna of the Bachelor of Business administration program, and as staff. She will take part in a number of professional development sessions, will benefit from networking opportunities and will be profiled in a radio interview about her experiences and work with Okanagan College. Stay tuned to Inside Okanagan College to find out more about Loleen’s experience.
Leora Dahl’s work published in Law and Human Behaviour Dr. Leora Dahl
, professor of psychology at Okanagan College, was recently published in the journal of Law and Human Behaviour. Leora’s article, Investigating investigators: How presentation order influences participant-investigators’ interpretations of eyewitness identification and alibi evidence
, is based on her dissertation, which focuses on issues of psychology in law. More specifically, Leora’s piece examines whether the order in which evidence is presented might change a police officer’s interpretation of that evidence. Her article finds that for participants who took on a police investigator role of investigating a crime, the order in which they received eyewitness or alibi information did have an effect when that information was contradictory. A similar study is now being conducted with real police investigators in Victoria. Follow this link
to read Leora’s full article.
Leora teaches introductory psychology, social psychology, and psychology and law at the College. For more information about her work, send her an email
Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton
was profiled by Defining Moments’ columnist Bob Sugden in the Kelowna Daily Courier. Find out more about Jim including the subject of his dissertation, early career as a student house painter, and goals for Okanagan College in, The accidental president.
The Business Examiner published a full-page article about the increase in enrolments
at Okanagan College. Read more about the success and an interview with Dr. Andrew Hay
in: How the recession became a boom to Okanagan College.
Okanagan College’s Dr. Tim Jacobs
had an article published in The National Post after he reviewed
Jonathan Littell’s Second World War novel, The Kindly Ones. Read more
in: This Nazi refuses to repent.
Okanagan College’s baseball team
received a ton of press throughout the past two weeks. Catch up on the team’s recent activities in a series of articles: Good outing for OK College
, Rough weekend for OC baseball
, OC team warms up for season
, Weather holds off start to OC baseball regular season
, Okanagan College looking for timely hitting on road trip
, and OC baseball springs on scene with opener tonight.
Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd cited Okanagan College
among examples of contributors to the region’s economy in a presentation at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Read more in: Mayor’s glasses, outlook still rosy.
Two Okanagan School of Business
students had their social entrepreneurship project featured in an article in the Kelowna Capital News. Read more about Lindsay and Kim’s Women’s Art Festival in: Business students coordinate art festival.
The two SIFE Okanagan
teams that won top spot at the regional SIFE competition received coverage in the Okanagan Saturday. Read more about the team’s accomplishments in: Enterprising students
, and Business teams take top prizes.
The Okanagan Business Students’ Association (OBSA) Business Banquet got some ink when it announced the inclusion of keynote speaker Ben Barry
. Read more in: Make money; make money make a difference
, Model agency boss to speak at banquet.
The addition of former RCMP commissioner Beverley Busson
to the Okanagan College Foundation Board made the news: Former top cop joins Okanagan College Foundation Board
and OC enlists ex-top cop
The Penticton Habitat for Humanity Home for Learning
project appeared in the papers after it held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the home. Read more in: Site of next Habitat Home
and Habitat reaches labour deal.
Regional Dean John Lent
was photographed in the Vernon Morning Star after he accepted a $10,000 donation to the Home for Learning project in Vernon from JELD-WEN. Check it out in: Helping hands.
Apprentices in Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts
program were photographed in the Kelowna Capital News preparing for this weekend’s Taste of Kelowna food festival. Read about the event and the students in: Time for the Taste of Kelowna.
An Okanagan College AACP student who spends his spare time competing in the Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports high performance program was featured in the Vernon Morning Star. Read about the young athlete who is rising to the top of his sport in: Skier strives to do his best.
After a presentation by Okanagan College to the West Kelowna City Council, an article profiling the College’s expansion into the region was featured in the Kelowna Capital News. Read more about the College’s plans to offer programming to the Westbank First Nation in: OC expansion benefits WFN to start.
Okanagan College’s Mary Kiviste
was quoted in an article in the Penticton Western News talking about a series of writing workshops that will be offered to enhance literacy. Read more in: Group sponsoring writing workshop
Okanagan College students James Powell
and Jesh Thiessen
were photographed receiving academic scholarship from the Vernon branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. Read more in: Group awards scholarships.
An Okanagan College alumna was recently profiled after earning a doctorate in human and organization development from Fielding Graduate University. Read more about Lyn Hartley
and her educational pursuits in: Hartley earns doctorate
The Vernon Morning Star published an article about the increase in enrolments
at Okanagan College. Read more about the retraining opportunities that exist in: College enrolment up.
The Okanagan College Alumni Association
received ink after it put out a call for membership on its Board of Directors. Read more about joining the Alumni Association in: Okanagan College alumni reach out for peers to guide group.
Former OUC associate vice president of campus development and facilities management Aidan Kiernan
was honoured with an endowment that will support his work in sustainability and the environmental sciences. Read more about Kiernan, who retired from UBCO at the end of Februray in: UCBO honours retiring Kiernan
. Kathy Butler
was photographed ifor an article in the Kelowna Daily Courier after news broke of her upcoming Rotary exchange trip to Australia. Read more in: Rotary exchange trip leaving for Australia.
Read Jane Muskens’
School’s In columns: Monetary value of an education
and Educated workers boost our economy.
Check out Stan Chung’s
latest column where he asks the question, “is good really the enemy of great?” Read more in: From Good to Great.