College alumna cooks her way to ItalyIt was a great showing for the Okanagan College Culinary Arts program this past Saturday as three Culinary Arts alumni took to the farm in an effort to win the Okanagan Chefs Association’s first annual Farm to Fork Global Scholarship.
Taking part in the competition was alumni David Colombe (RauDZ Regional Table), Tiffany Anderson (Grapevine Restaurant, Gray Monk Winery), and Robyn Sigurdson (Wild Apple Grill at Manteo Resort).
With help from three current Okanagan College entry-level Culinary Arts students, the chefs took part in a black box competition featuring ingredients from a 10-acre organic mixed-use farm.
Must-use ingredients in the box included a leg of local lamb, wild boar bacon, sockeye salmon, Qualicum scallops, kuri squash, coronation grapes, dried morel mushrooms, corn and prune plums. The chefs’ creations were judged by a panel of 20 guests that included industry professionals, media and supporters of the Okanagan Chefs Association.
Robyn Sigurdson won the competition (see award-winning entree featured in the accompanying photo), which was decided by a mere few points. She will now have the opportunity to live, study and work in Tuscany for 10 weeks in the fall of 2011.
Okanagan College Chef Geoffrey Couper (also president of the Okanagan Chefs Association) congratulated the participants on their creations, adding, "Looking back some 30 years I was very fortunate to have had a similar experience living on a family farm in the south of Germany. After completing my apprenticeship I went over there thinking I knew a lot about cooking. What I quickly realized was that I knew very little about food. To this day I can say that living and cooking on that farm completely changed my approach to the culinary profession. That was the impetus behind organizing this scholarship for our membership."
Key Directions consultationsAs part of Okanagan College’s strategic planning process, a number of consultation sessions have been planned to obtain feedback from employees on the draft key directions. These consultation sessions are an important part of the overall strategic planning process.
The sessions provide an opportunity for Okanagan College employees to provide input into the planning process and have their voices heard. There are several consultations planned, and food will be provided.
September 29 12 - 1 p.m. Kelowna - Room H115
September 30 9 - 10:30 a.m. Vernon - D231
September 30 2 - 3:30 p.m. Penticton - Portable 3
October 1 1 - 2:30 p.m. Kelowna - Room B113
Please attend if you're able. Even if you cannot stay for the entire session, your participation and feedback are welcome. For more information or to provide your feedback on-line, please visit Okanagan College’s strategic planning website at: www.okanagan.bc.ca/voice.
College to host Alexis de Portneuf Fine Cheese makers’ Young Chefs competitionAlexis de Portneuf, makers of the award-winning Le Cendrillon (voted best cheese in the world in 2009), is challenging nine young BC Interior chefs to get creative with cheese.
The challenge is to create an appetizer, main or dessert course using award-winning fine cheeses from Alexis de Portneuf.
Guests will sample these creations and will vote for their favourite. Hosted by the Okanagan Culinary Arts School at Okanagan College at Infusions, this new event will showcase the talents of many young chefs including those who work at Okanagan College.
The Okanagan Chefs Association will also select the winner of the Saputo Top Young Chef Award. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, go online to ticketmaster.ca or call 250-860-1470.
Bicycle lockers make debut at Okanagan College campusesOkanagan College now has 20 individual weatherproof bicycle storage lockers available for student and staff use. Positioned close to high traffic buildings for easy access and convenience, these bike lockers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Located at all four campuses (12 in Kelowna, 4 in Penticton and 2 in Vernon and Salmon Arm) the lockers are made from recycled plastic and manufactured in Canada. These bicycle lockers are part of Okanagan College’s dedication to reducing green house gases and are in alignment with the 3 Steps Forward program.
Staff are reminded that due to safety and maintenance reasons, no bikes are to be inside of buildings for any reason (hallways, offices, classrooms or stairwells). Staff can access bike racks, the secure bike storage compound and the new bike lockers.
It’s finally here – online program search now liveThe programs in the Okanagan College online Calendar are now searchable.
Users can browse programs by Program Area, Subject, Delivery, Credential and Campus.
Each program listing also includes details on tuition and fees as well as a link to the department’s website. Follow this link to try out the new feature.
Director of UBC Herbarium to speak about biodiversity in Vernon speaker seriesDr. Jeannette Whitton, associate professor of botany and director of the UBC Herbarium in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, is coming to Vernon as the first presenter in this year’s Science in Society Speaker Series, hosted by Okanagan College and the Okanagan Science Centre.
Whitton will explore the challenging question of how can we decide which species to save when we don't know how many species we have? Her presentation entitled: Adventures in plant biodiversity: new tools, classic studies and the nature of plant species, will take place on Monday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre of the Vernon campus of Okanagan College, and will be followed by free refreshments.
Plants form the fabric of the landscape, and represent an intriguing component of biodiversity. Many plants can double their DNA content, interbreed with other species or give up traditional reproductive modes and become clonal. Examples of these unusual strategies will be used to illustrate how plant biologists use combinations of new tools and classic studies to help us understand the basic units of biodiversity.
Whitton studies plant evolution, focusing on plants that have either very wide or very narrow breeding tendencies - from hybrids through asexual plants - and the factors that affect these tendencies. She received her PhD from the University of Connecticut in 1994 and was a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University before joining UBC in 1997. She currently serves as the director of the UBC Herbarium in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and as a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Please contact the Okanagan Science Centre www.okscience.ca or call (250) 545-3644 for advanced purchase of tickets or for more information.
Nominations open for Honorary FellowsThe Okanagan College Tributes Committee is inviting nominations for the Honorary Fellow Awards, which will be presented at the 2011 Convocation and Commencement ceremonies.
The award of an Honorary Fellow is recognition by Okanagan College of distinguished achievement or outstanding service. The criteria for the award are mentorship, excellence, eminence and accomplishment. The College welcomes nominations that reflect the values of the College and the diversity of Canadian society.
Nominees will be persons who have made significant contributions to the College, the Okanagan Valley, the province, the nation or on an international level. The award will not normally be given to a serving politician or current employee of the College.
Nominations can be made in confidence by email or mail, and should contain as much information as possible including:
1 – the nominee’s name, title, position (or former position), mailing address and phone number
2 – a personal profile of the nominee
3 – comments on the nominee’s connections with Okanagan College, or with the region if applicable
4 – a statement supporting the nomination (supporting documents may be included)
5 – the name, mailing address or campus address of the nominator, along with your Okanagan College phone number and department or portfolio name.
Follow this link to access the nomination form.
Nominations should be submitted by Oct. 22, 2010 to:
Joanna Campbell, Assistant to the President
1000 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8
250-762-5445 ext. 4715
Yvonne Moritz named Dean Science, Technology and HealthOkanagan College’s new Dean of Science, Technology and Health will be bringing a broad spectrum of educational and managerial experience to her role when she starts in early October.
Yvonne Moritz is leaving her position as Associate Dean, Specialty Nursing, at BCIT to join Okanagan College’s leadership team. Prior to being Associate Dean, she was program head of Pediatric Specialty Nursing at BCIT.
Moritz’s experience is international in scope – from developing and implementing a pediatric nursing program in Guyana to helping the government establish some of the regulatory framework for pediatric nurses.
She has two master’s degrees: one in nursing and the other in adult education.
“The opportunities I see unfolding at Okanagan College are substantial,” said Moritz, who is already a resident of Peachland. “There are solid, well-respected programs in each of the these areas and I look forward to being a part of the continued success at Okanagan College as it responds to the changing educational needs of industry and the community.”
Moritz replaces Dr. Dianne Crisp.
“Yvonne is a great addition to our team at Okanagan College,” said Dr. Andrew Hay, Okanagan College’s Vice President Education. “She’s demonstrated a capacity to inspire and bring people together along with an enthusiasm for creating programs that meet student and employer needs.”
McGillivray and Befus to lead Business Administration
Dr. Barry McGillivray and Madelaine Befus have been appointed Associate Deans in the Okanagan School of Business. McGillivray was appointed to a three-year term as Associate Dean – he replaces Dr. Heather Banham, who is now the school’s Dean; she replaced Dr. Jayne Brooks on July 1.
Barry has been with Okanagan College for 25 years. His experience includes four years in the Associate Dean role, and a term as Chair of Business Administration. In addition to his leadership roles, Barry is also a professor at Okanagan College, where he specializes in business law.
Madelaine Befus has been appointed to a one-year term as Associate Dean. Befus is a graduate of Okanagan College’s Business Office Training program (1972). She also holds a Provincial Instructor Diploma from UBC and a master’s degree from Royal Roads University.
Madelaine began teaching at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus in 1979 and held the position of Chair of Office Administration from 2005-2010.
McPherson performs at international writer’s festival
Okanagan College English instructor Kevin McPherson recently performed at this year’s THIN AIR: Winnipeg's International Writer's Festival, Sept. 19-26 - www.thinairwinnipeg.ca.
He has also released a chapbook of a single microfiction (which is less than 500 words) called "The Sun Reflects Off Anything Shiny." To purchase Kevin’s chapbook go online.
Scarborough’s Revenge in OxfordThis past summer, Department of English faculty member Terry Scarborough traveled to Oxford University’s 1st Global Conference: Revenge to present his conference paper, If you don’t come to me, I’ll come to you: Primal Injury and Revenge in the Ghost Stories of M.R. James.
The paper explores Victorian and contemporary theories of revenge and their connections to justice in the Victorian and Edwardian Gothic. The paper is being published in ISBN eBook with the Inter-Disciplinary Press.
After presenting his paper and chairing an engaging panel on Renaissance revenge tragedy, Terry continued to the south of England where he made video and slides of literary sites, ranging from R.L. Stevenson’s house in Bournemouth to an overnight excursion on the Devon moors.
He is currently editing video for a series of short documentaries for his English 151, 153, 211 and 231 classes. Terry also recently published Open the window then!: Filmic Interpretation of Brian Mills’s The Hound of the Baskervilles in The Baker Street Journal.
Sept. 28, 2010 Vol. 4 Issue 13
Show your school prideIf you are Okanagan College or Okanagan University College (OUC) alumni, the Alumni Association wants to hear from you. The OCAA has introduced car window decals for all Okanagan College and OUC grads. It’s easy to participate. If you are a member of the alumni network, simply contact the Alumni Office at email@example.com or local 4771 to sign up for your decal.
Put the decal in the back window of your car, and if your car is spotted by our prize patrol you could win a prize from the Alumni Office. The prize patrol will be visiting all campuses regularly to give away prizes.
The Sunday SociologistHow is society possible? Find out every Sunday from 5-7 p.m.
The Sunday Sociologist group meets every Sunday evening at The Bean Scene on Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna. The purpose of these gatherings is to organize intellectually like-minded people interested in engaging in scholarly discussions pertaining to social matters of any interest.