April. 7, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 1
Convocation is approaching, and faculty and instructors are encouraged to support this year’s grads and participate in the ceremony by leading in the classes. If you are planning to attend a ceremony please email Michelle Lowry noting the ceremony you wish to attend. If you require regalia, please include your height and highest credential awarded (i.e. 5’11” MSc, Alberta).
- Trades Commencement Fri, June 5 – 6 p.m.
- Spring Convocation Sat, June 6 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- Vernon Convocation Tue, June 23 – 4:30 p.m.
- Summer Convocation Thu, June 25 – 6 p.m.
For more information visit the website.
Spring 2015 Continuing Studies
course brochure now available
Continuing Studies Spring 2015 courses are open for registration. The new brochure contains hundreds of learning opportunities ranging from one-day workshops to short-term certificates.
Professional development opportunities through a Project Management Certificate (May and October intakes, Kelowna) and Leadership Essentials Series (Penticton and Revelstoke) are available.
Find a course to fine-tune or pick-up a new hobby such as the Floral Design Series (Kelowna), Wild Mushroom Identification (Salmon Arm and Vernon), and varied food and wine courses at the BC Wine Information Society Sensory Centre (Penticton).
Graduates of Okanagan College (and OUC) are eligible for a 10 per cent discount on most CS courses. Register in-person at your campus to obtain the discounted tuition. Browse courses here.
Camp OC 2015 registration (Kelowna)
Camp OC is accepting registration for its 99 camps available over the course of nine weeks this summer at the Kelowna campus. The camps are available for kids in Grades 2 and 3, Grades 4 to 6, and Grades 7 to 9. College staff are eligible for a 10 per cent discount for their kids or grandkids. Visit www.CampOC.ca for more information or e-mail Helena Jordo.
May start dates for
LCI and SLCO Certificate Programs
The Learner-Centred Instructor Certificate (designed for beginning and continuing faculty/instructors) and the Service & Support in a Learner Centred Organization (a program ideal for those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in service excellence, open to service and support staff) are offering intakes in May 2015. Applicants to the courses will be entered for a chance to win their textbooks (one winner per course).
For more information, please contact Ross McKerlich.
Employee health and wellness newsletter
This month's The Balance Sheet newsletter looks at responsible ways of getting fit, and also explores how depression can affect women.
On Apr. 29, from 12 to 1 p.m., Mary Roncarelli presents a webinar titled “Managing the menopause middle” that examines some of the challenges menopause brings to women. To register click here.
Okanagan College's employee and family assistance provider, Optum PPC Canada, provides information on issues regarding your health and well being.
Save a life, get swabbed
April 8 – The Canadian Blood Services OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network will be in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). If you are between 17 to 35 years old, find out if you could be a match to save a life at the Get Swabbed event to help patients needing stem cell transplants.
Inaugural International Development Night event
April 8 –The first International Development Night will be held in the Pit area of the Student Services Building at the Kelowna campus (4 to 6 p.m.). The public event will explore the international development field and celebrate the contributions Okanagan residents and organizations have made to international humanitarian actions, aid and development efforts worldwide.
Trades Tailgate Party
April 9 – Celebrate trades at Okanagan College with the Trades Tailgate Party hosted by the Canadian Homebuilders’ Association Okanagan (CHBAO). Enjoy a BBQ and refreshments all evening, prizes and giveaways, and tours of the trades training complex. Network and hear updates and special announcements about the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign. The event will be held at the Trades Building Carpentry Shop in Kelowna (5 to 7 p.m.), and tickets are $10 for CHBA members, and $15 for non-CHBA members. Click here for more information.
Venture Okanagan forum
April 9 – Enactus students are hosting the ninth annual Venture Okanagan Investors Forum, the largest angel investors’ forum in the region, at the Kelowna campus. The event connects entrepreneurs with potential investors, business leaders, and members of the Venture Okanagan community. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with pitch presentations beginning at 6 p.m. in room H115. Tickets are $35 and include access to the post-presentation networking reception catered by the College’s Culinary Arts program. Purchase tickets here.
Business Honours Program
April 13 – Hear from 14 Okanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration Honours program graduating students as they present their individual research projects. The students conducted research for organizations within the community, such as the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, the City of Vernon and the Kelowna Wine Festivals Society. The event takes place at the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna Campus (3 to 6 p.m.). Presentations take place in room E202 (click for schedule), and in room E213. For more information about the research projects contact Dr. Lynn Sparling, Lee Cartier or to RSVP your attendance email Jamie Morrow.
Student opinion surveys as a resource
April 16 – Hear from Jan O’Brien, Okanagan College’s Institutional Research Manager, as she discusses the many student surveys at the institutional level each year and the purpose and accountability these provide to the institution, including reporting on student satisfaction year over year. The lunch and learn event titled “Managing institutional surveys at Okanagan College, an overview of student opinion” is presented by the Institute of Learning and Teaching. The event takes place from 12 to 1 p.m. Visit the ILT website for location update and to register.
April 19 – Learn about seed preservation, sustainable gardening, and share and swap seeds from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Vernon Okanagan Regional Library in the Community Room. For more information contact Karen Friesen at the Vernon Campus Seed Library or call 545-7291 Local 2268.
College dental clinic appointments
May – Appointments for Okanagan College’s Certified Dental Assistant Department annual Oral Health Patient Treatment Clinic are still available for patients ages five to 35. To review treatments available, costs, guidelines, and eligibility criteria, click here. Call the clinic at 250-862-5424 to book an appointment with one of the students. Most appointments available are between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. from May 13-28.
Upcoming roundabout workshop series
May 4 to 15 – Mark your calendars for an upcoming unique roundabout series of workshops presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services. A minimum of two workshops will be offered per day and with opportunities at all campuses with options in information technology, education technology, and learning and teaching. Look for more information about workshop descriptions, times and locations in the coming weeks on the ILT website.
Charity golf tournament registration
May 21 – Register online for the 24th annual Okanagan College Foundation Charity Golf Tournament at the Okanagan Golf Club. To volunteer or to have your department host an on-course booth, please contact Dawn Douglas.
Register a team for Inn from the Cold event
May 23 – OC Enactus students need your help to support Inn from the Cold Kelowna’s 4th annual "Arthur Cottie" Push to End Homelessness. Through an ‘Amazing Race’ style competition, pledged participants will decorate their carts at 1157 Sutherland Avenue (9 a.m.), teams then participate in a series of challenges through Kelowna, and make their way over to Kerry Park for a BBQ lunch and prizes by 1 p.m.
Put a pledge team together (six people per team) to participate in this fun, community event that helps to inform and inspire local residents in helping to put an end to homelessness. Team goal is to raise $1000, which sponsors one person for a month and a half stay at the shelter. Those who wish to only attend the BBQ, 100 per cent of the proceeds will go directly towards helping those experiencing homelessness.
For more information email Inn from the Cold or call the shelter office at (250) 448-6403.
The Okanagan College Coyotes had a 75 per cent weekend, taking three of four games. They took two games against the University of Calgary Dinos and split two games with the VIBI Mariners, all recorded on the team’s website. The Kelowna Capital News summarized the team’s performance to date after the four-game home stand. The Coyotes’ loss to the TRU Wolfpack the weekend before was duly noted in Kamloops This Week. The team’s mid-March performance with a split of four games was noted in the Kelowna Capital News as was the prep for the Easter weekend play.
The deadline for the Earth Matters environmental art competition has been extended, a fact reported by several media outlets, including KelownaNow, the Vernon Morning Star, the Penticton Western, and the Kelowna Daily Courier online and in print.
Rates for the Greater Vernon Athletic Park, located on Okanagan College’s Vernon Campus, have been established by the advisory committee, as reported by the Vernon Morning Star.
The Revelstoke Mountaineer noted that area residents have a chance to learn how to use Canada’s number one accounting solution for small business – QuickBooks – at a course being offered by Okanagan College’s Revelstoke centre. The same site also noted an H2S Alive course offered by the College.
Those lovable easers of tensions, the therapy dogs, are back at the Penticton campus and the Penticton Western carried a feel-good story about POOCHES (Pawsitive Options at Okanagan College Helping Exam Stress) in its online edition.
News of the tentative agreement between Okanagan College and the Faculty Association broke on April 2 with distribution of a press release by the College. The story hit KelownaNow.com, Castanet as well as the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Penticton Herald.
The story of student Janine Roth’s travels and international work were at the heart of a press release released by Okanagan College as part of promotion of the International Development Night taking place on April 8. The article was picked up by KelownaNow.com, the online edition of the Kelowna Daily Courier the print version, and the Kelowna Capital News.
Alumna and Olympian Kelsey Serwa is going to be the guest speaker at a fundraising banquet on April 8, as reported by the Kelowna Daily Courier.
Another alumna, Molly Ciadrullo, is the latest Okanagan College graduate to be featured in the BDO Kelowna Top Forty Under 40 feature being run by the Daily Courier. She’s the office and communications co-ordinator for the Central Okanagan Foundation.
The Central Okanagan Regional District’s Waste Reduction Office is hosting a repair café at the Kelowna campus Centre for Learning on April 18, as reported by the Kelowna Daily Courier on April 7.
A $95-million budget and tuition fees going up two per cent were the focal point of a post-meeting release from the Okanagan College Board of Governors. The story was picked up by InfoTel News, the Vernon Morning Star, and Interior Daily News. The news of the increase prompted a story by Castanet about the reaction of the Okanagan College Students’ Union. Castanet also carried the story of the budget passage. Global Okanagan also carried the story, as did the Daily Courier online and in print. The Courier carried an editorial on the tuition hike on April 5, “Tuition hike hurts us all."
A Progress Edition story in the Vernon Morning Star featured the fact of several new courses at the Vernon campus and the further development of the Community Gardens.
The report of a skills shortage in the tech industry prompted Okanagan College to work with Accelerate Okanagan and Acro Media to highlight the College’s program offerings in the area and to make the story local. The Vernon Morning Star carried the story, as did Castanet. The Castanet article prompted several comments about the issue being wages, not a skills shortage. The story was also included in Steve MacNaull's Kelowna Daily Courier Valley Views column on April 1 under 'Tech Jobs' heading.
News of the establishment and presentation of the Tim Harder Memorial award to Brad Atkins, a student in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, was the focus of a Vernon Morning Star article posted online on April 3 and a Daily Courier article on March 27.
Plaudits were in plentiful supply in a column in the Kelowna Daily Courier, when it came to the Okanagan College Half-Marathon, its organizers and volunteers in the April 2, 2015 edition and in print in the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Penticton Herald.
Emil Anderson Construction is among the latest company that is showing its support of the Bright Horizons campaign with a $50,000 donation, a fact picked up on by KelownaNow.com.
Kelowna Daily Courier business columnist Steve MacNaull made note of the Enactus Okanagan College student placements at the Western Regionals in his weekly column online and in print. The Kelowna Capital News carried the article, as did KelownaNow.com, and the Penticton Western News. The Penticton Herald carried the story in print.
The B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus was part of the picture when the Penticton Western News painted the scene for the upcoming spring wine festival. The courses and offerings at the centre were also referenced in Okanagan Life’s article on the wine festival and on KelownaNow.com’s website.
Global News made note of Sentes Automotive’s $50,000 donation to the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign on March 30 as did Topix on March 31. The story was also carried on News British Columbia’s website and on Castanet, and in the Penticton Western News. It earned a picture and cutline in the Kelowna Daily Courier on April 2.
An article in the Daily Courier about the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society focused on Louise Arkle, who taught at Okanagan College and who is now president of the society.
Vern Nielsen’s Rotary Report (the Daily Courier, April 5) made mention of the club’s decision to contribute $75,000 to the Bright Horizons Campaign.
Christy Lovig’s record-breaking victory in the 10k at the Okanagan College Half Marathon was the focus of attention in the Kelowna Capital News on March 30 both online and in print along with a College-supplied photo of Lovig crossing the line. KelownaNow and Castanet carried the same photo and the story on the half-marathon as well. Prerace publicity also garnered media attention, including Castanet and the Daily Courier.
When the Liquid Natural Gas show came to Kelowna, Okanagan College was there highlighting the opportunities in the trades for those who were interested, a fact that didn’t escape the eagle eyes of Steve MacNaull in the Kelowna Daily Courier.
Castanet carried the story of Okanagan College being designated a Registered Education Provider by the Project Management institute on March 29, as did KelownaNow.com on March 25. InfoTel News also carried the story on March 25.
Promoting information nights at the Kelowna and Vernon campuses earned media online and print attention from the Vernon Morning Star and the Kelowna Daily Courier online and in print, as well as on Castanet.
OC faculty member and alumna Norah Bowman has earned the nod of the New Democrats to run in Lake Country in the next federal election. The Kelowna Daily Courier featured Bowman in its edition. KelownaNow.com noted the pending acclamation on March 27.
The tax-preparation service provided by the Okanagan College Accounting Club was referenced in a column by MP Ron Cannan in the Kelowna Capital News on March 27.
Gabrielle Scrimshaw’s presentation on Aboriginal youth in Kelowna and Vernon was the topic of a Vernon Morning Star article on March 25.
The Kelowna Daily Courier noted in its March 25 edition that 25 years ago, Okanagan College had announced its plans to acquire 243 acres on Highway 97 North and build a new $31-million campus to open in the fall of 1992. The next day, the publication observed that 50 years previous Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Bill Bennet was calling on other Valley politicians to support the choice of Kelowna as the Okanagan’s new regional college site.
Well-known author Denise Jaden has been identified as the keynote speaker for the 2015 British Columbia Youth Writers Camp to be held July 5-10 at the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at the Penticton campus, as noted in the Penticton Herald on March 30.
Okanagan College Honorary Fellow and renowned naturalist and author Dick Cannings will be the guest speaker at the Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society’s AGM on April 17, as noted by the Penticton Herald March 30.
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