News

College moves ahead with College-Wide Goals

On Nov. 24 the Board of Governors endorsed the 2010/11 College-Wide Goals and Operational Imperatives that will inform the budget and unit planning processes for the coming fiscal years. The final list of goals were developed through a consultative process that included input from the Leadership Team, consideration of online submissions and a series of regional town hall meetings.
 
While there were discussions of the various individual goals, there was general consensus around the goals and the approach they represent.

“The purpose of the College-Wide Goals is to establish our most important short-term and medium-term priorities, allowing us to annually focus our resources and energy on a small number of specific actions,” said Steve Koehle, Vice President Students. “College-wide in impact, College-Wide Goals are operational and actionable and lead to measurable outcomes.

The Goals are one of the factors that inform the development of the college’s operational plans and resource allocations during the annual planning process.”

Follow this link to view the complete list of the four College-Wide Goals and six Operational Imperatives for 2010/11.

Douglas MacLeod joins Science, Technology and Health as Associate Dean

macleodOkanagan College will add an experienced and seasoned professional to its leadership team in January when it welcomes Douglas MacLeod to the position of Associate Dean, Science, Technology and Health.

As Executive Director of the Okanagan Science and Technology Council (OSTEC) since 2008, MacLeod brings a strong portfolio of demonstrated knowledge and expertise in teaching, research and management.

MacLeod has bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Science from the University of Toronto, a master’s in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary and is a PhD candidate in the Computational Media Design program in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.

A registered architect (California), he is a recognized expert in the areas of eLearning, sustainable design and in advanced technologies such as computer-aided design, social media, online knowledge management and virtual environments. His doctoral research is focused on the use of technology and social media in the construction of a new space.

“Douglas is a rare and valuable find for Okanagan College,” said Dr. Dianne Crisp, Dean of Science, Technology and Health. “He brings a unique combination of experience, education and leadership to the College and is highly regarded by the community and those who have had the opportunity to work with him.”

MacLeod’s first day with the College will be Jan. 4, 2010. He will replace Michael Douglas, who spent the past 23 months in the position on an interim basis.

“I would like extend my sincere appreciation to Michael Douglas for his valued contributions to the department and to Okanagan College during his secondment throughout the past two years,” said Crisp. “Michael’s personal and professional contributions have been significant to the staff and students who have been fortunate to work with him. Michael will be returning to Human Service Work and to his passion for teaching.”

To find out more about Douglas MacLeod, read a Public Affairs press release.

ILLT issues first newsletter

The Institute for Leadership in Learning and Teaching at Okanagan College has completed its first edition of its monthly newsletter: Enhancing the Practice of Learning and Teaching

Each month a new Fellow of the ILLT will be the main writer and share information and insight about their department and some interesting articles on enhancing learning and teaching at Okanagan College.  

The December issue has some great articles in it with teaching tips, classroom management, learning strategies, how Okanagan College students stack up against others in their studying habits, as well as an update on Trades training. Follow this link to view the pdf. Contact Rob Kjarsgaard for more information.

CGA-BC cuts the ribbon at Centre for Learning

cgaRepresentatives from the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia (CGA-BC) recently visited the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College to cut the ribbon on the classroom named in their honour. The organization had a room in the Centre for Learning named after them in recognition of a $100,000 donation to the Okanagan College Foundation to create the CGA-BC Educational Foundation Award.

The award was created to encourage education and research in accounting, auditing and related disciplines. The scholarship will annually assist one or more students in need, those pursuing research projects and will promote the field of accounting generally.

“The goal of the CGA-BC Educational Foundation is to assist students in financial need and to promote excellence in professional accounting and related disciplines,” said Pamela Skinner, Director of Member Services for CGA-BC. “The trustees are very excited about this opportunity to partner with our North Okanagan Chapter in establishing an endowment fund with the Okanagan College Foundation, leveraging the Educational Foundation’s strength in this vibrant community.”



In order to qualify for the award, students will have completed two or more years of full-time study in the Business Administration program at any campus of Okanagan College and will be returning for a subsequent year of full-time study in the program. Recipients will be selected based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need, and will be in good academic standing.

Home for Learning Salmon Arm goes silver

Okanagan College earned a silver Tommie award this month for its work in Salmon Arm on the Home for Learning project. Alf Leimert and Nancy Ankerstein attended the award ceremony where the College won in the category of Best Public/Private Partnership. The 2009 Salmon Arm Home for Learning project saw students in residential construction partner with the Adams Lake Indian Band to build a home for one of its members, Elwin Gaze and his family of five.

With a win in the preliminary category, Okanagan College will go on to compete in the CHBA’s Gold Gala event on Jan. 30, 2010.

SIFE Okanagan launches Let’s Can Hunger initiatives

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SIFE Okanagan has partnered with the Campbell Soup Company to launch Let's Can Hunger™, a joint hunger relief initiative. This program challenges SIFE teams to create projects that tackle the hunger problem with three goals: raising awareness about hunger relief, increasing immediate hunger relief in local communities and implementing long-term solutions to break the cycle of hunger.

The Let’s Can Hunger™ challenge in the Okanagan was launched with an Okanagan College campus-wide food drive taking place in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon campuses.  All three campuses have taken a different approach to have the greatest impact in each community while working together to reach common goals.

In order address long-term solutions, SIFE Okanagan is also introducing challenges to bring awareness to local businesses and individuals about the No Hungry Children™ initiative the Kelowna Community Food Bank has put forward. For more information on how you can contribute to this initiative please visit: www.nohungrychildren.com.

Anyone in Kelowna wishing to donate non-perishable food to the campaign can drop it off in the box (built by Alf Leimert in Trades) located behind DeBeans.

Business Policy students qualify for final round at ICBC

A team of three students in the Okanagan School of Business are among the top business policy students in the country after successfully completing the preliminary round of the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC), earning them a spot in the finals in January at Queens University.

The trio of Breanna Gaudet (fourth-year marketing), Leanne Schreberger (second-year human resources) and Candice Surette (fourth-year accounting) will join teams from Concordia University, Saint Mary’s University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary and Wilfrid Laurier University.

According to team coach Lee Cartier, the Business Policy event is considered to be the ‘crown jewel’ of the ICBC competition, so the level of competition is extreme. 
In order to make the final round the team had to beat a number of universities such as University of Toronto, Queen’s University, University of Western Ontario, University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, among others.

The students will spend the coming weeks practicing for the final round, when they will be presented with a business policy case to analyze, find problems and come up with solutions – and then present to some of the nation’s top business minds. This is the first time Okanagan College has made the finals in the business policy category. Past teams have represented the College at the finals in marketing and accounting.

College Pays it Forward

payitOkanagan College’s fourth annual Pay it Forward giving drive has come to an end with some great results. This year’s campaign was run by Sarah Comba, an alumna who first initiated the drive four years ago. Supporting the campaign this year was the Athletics and Recreation department as well as several volunteers.

Inside Okanagan College received a note today from Ami Catriona of the Kelowna Gospel Mission in which she wrote the following.

“I just wanted to share a wonderful story of how your generosity in the Pay if Forward Program has already touched one family’s life. This morning Sarah Comba and her partner came to drop off some wonderful donations of clothing and gifts. She asked if we would be able to take some baby items as well. While we don’t usually serve little ones, we’ll always pass on the items to other agencies who do.

However, while the donations were being dropped off, Shirley, our Dental Co-ordinator came around with a baby, about six months old. She told us his dad – a single father – was in the dental clinic getting some work done and I knew it was perfect timing. 
I gathered up some of the donated items and a couple of toys, and put together a package for them. When he was done with our dental clinic he had another surprise!!!


Not many people leave the dentist’s office with such a big smile!
He was so appreciative of the gift…and wanted to say thank you to the students and staff who gave to the program. Sometimes, it’s the small things that really do make such a big difference.”

Social Entrepreneurship students at work in their community

kimStudents in Okanagan College’s BUAD 309: Social Entrepreneurship class recently had the opportunity to present their class projects to their colleagues, instructor and community partners. The third year class, which charges students with undertaking a service learning project for a not-for-profit organization, is instructed by Laura Thurnheer.

Students worked individually or in pairs with a variety of local organizations and agencies. Kim Turner (seen in photo) presented her project to Tracie Ward, Executive Director of the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Kim worked with Tracie and her staff to help coordinate one of their largest fundraising events for the year, Evergreen. Other projects this year included work with: the City of Penticton, BC Cancer Agency, the Kelowna Women’s Shelter and Vernon Search and Rescue, to name a few.

“We had a very successful term with ten projects being completed for our not-for-profit clients,” said Thurnheer. “Our students were committed and dedicated and delivered tangible business results providing real aid to these clients. I am proud of the volunteer commitment of these students who now know the difference they can make in their community.”

People

Janet Shaw honoured for service to the Board

janetBoard of Governors Chair Janet Shaw was recently honoured by her Board colleagues at Okanagan College for her years of service and valued contribution to the institution. Janet joined the Board of Governors of OUC in 2001. Her dedication to post-secondary is evident in the many leadership roles she has assumed over the past eight years. Janet’s term as Board Chair is nearing its end and she will be leaving the Board at the end of the year.

Janet was instrumental in defining the Board’s role at Okanagan College; she served on the College Advisory Council for the Transition in 2004 and became Chair of the Okanagan College Board of Governors in January 2007.

Her focus has been on student success, policy and Board development. In addition to her leadership at Okanagan College, Janet has also helped establish a strong framework for Board Chairs provincially, said President Jim Hamilton.

“Janet has made an invaluable contribution to the development of the new Okanagan College,” said Hamilton. “She has built and leaves behind a highly functioning Board and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for her strong leadership. Whoever takes over as Board Chair will reap the rewards of her good work. We wish her all the best in the future and offer her our sincere thanks.”

A new Chair will be elected by the Board of Governors at its January 2010 meeting.  


Laura Neame celebrates her career with colleagues

lauraOn December 2, members of the Okanagan College community joined Laura Neame to celebrate her retirement from the College. Since joining Okanagan College in 1982 Laura has held several different positions in the Library, most recently as Director of Library Services.

She also acted as President of the Faculty Association from 1992 to 1995. In her retirement, Laura plans to work on her tennis game and enjoy travelling the world - with Mexico being the first destination on her itinerary. Thanks to Laura for more than 27 years of dedicated service.

Myrah jumps across the pond for Enterprise Conference

kyleenDr. Kyleen Myrah recently presented at the International Social Enterprise Conference in Yorkshire, England. Myrah joined more than 500 parishioners and educators from all over the world and was the only Canadian in attendance. While at the conference Myrah met the practitioners from all around the globe who are doing exciting things with youth, at-risk populations, disabled and immigrant populations to help create better futures for people.

Myrah presented on the Young Entrepreneur program and is currently in discussion to see how Okanagan College can share practices between SIFE projects and some enterprise work currently being done in the UK. She is seen in the photo with conference organizer Brian Dunsby (recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2008.)

Want to find out more about Kyleen’s presentation? Follow this link.

ELEN student receives scholarship

edisSecond-year Electronic Engineering Technology student Aaron Edis was the recent recipient of the $1,000 Canada Technology Bursary scholarship, which is sponsored by TD Meloche Monnex and presented by John Leech, AScT the Executive Director of the Applied Science Technicians and Technologists of British Columbia (ASTTBC).
 
With a grade average of 91.6 per cent in his first year, Aaron’s hard work paid off when he was presented with the cheque and joined by Dr. Dianne Crisp and Dr. Andrew Hay of Okanagan College.
 
Later that day, Edis joined more than 150 other students attending a Kelowna campus event, who received 98 awards, worth $141,627. He received three other awards: the Electronic Engineering Technology department award, a BC Hydro Scholarship, and the Walter Gray Endowment Fund Award in Electronic Engineering.
 
The Okanagan College Foundation expects that by the end of the fiscal year (March 31, 2010) it will have distributed approximately $1 million to students this year.

Business alumnus makes CA Honour Roll

caOkanagan College alumnus James Stewart was recently named to the CA Honour Roll after completing the CA Uniform Evaluation (UFE) with top marks. The BBA grad (2007) specialized in accounting while at Okanagan College and is currently an articling student at Grant Thornton LLP in Kelowna. The UFE is an extremely challenging three-day exam – many do not pass.

“It was a very intense and exhausting three days,” said James. “Walking out of the exam, I just felt relieved that it was over.”

When asked about the UFE, James said the most challenging thing about the entire experience was not the exam itself, but the fatigue that set in during the last few weeks of study.

Bentley and Couper take top honours

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At its annual Christmas party, the Okanagan Chefs' Association honoured two Okanagan College staff with top awards for their contributions to the Okanagan’s culinary community. Chef Perry Bentley won the prestigious President's Award in Honour of Bruno Stass and Chef Geoffrey Couper won the OCA Chef of the Year.

The enthusiastic response that both Chefs received when they were on stage, shows how much they are respected and admired by all the OCA members and friends.


Paul Campo goes to Mount Royal University

Okanagan College’s Associate Registrar-Systems, Paul Campo, is leaving the College for one year to replace the Registrar at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Paul will be acting Registrar at Mount Royal University as they transition from a college to a university. He will be replaced by Okanagan College’s Nathan Bartlett in early January. 


College staff Shuffle for the Salvation Army

shuffleA group of Okanagan College staff took park in the 2009 Santa Shuffle in Kelowna to help raise funds for the Salvation Army.

The College team of Michelle Sinclair, Jane Muskens, Drew Petrie, Nancy Darling, Christine Ulmer, Lynda Dreaper, Mark Scorah, and Renee Pratt each ran 5 kms and raised $700 for local families in need of support during the holidays.

The team also pulled off the fastest time courtesy of Mark Scorah’s nephew Stephen who filled in for the team as a last minute runner and won the race!

SIFE makes friends in Vancouver

lindenFour members of SIFE Okanagan were invited to present at the Career Education Society Conference in Vancouver. Team members Travis, Matt, Melissa and Sattu shared information about the Young Entrepreneur program to more than 50 educators, counselors and career parishioners. School District 23’s Kelly McRae attended the conference and commended the students for their professionalism.

“Travis, Matt, Melissa and Sattu deserve a huge pat on the back,” wrote McRae. “Their SIFE, Young Entrepreneur (Dragon's Den) presentation was excellent, as they were confident, strong, dynamic and energetic.  They represented Okanagan College, SIFE, and the Dragon's Den competition in a very professional manner.”

While setting up for their presentation the group ran into former Vancouver Canucks captain Trevor Linden, who they convinced to take a group shot (never underestimate the persuasive powers of business students!).

December 8, 2009 Vol. 3 Issue 17

Notices

Truck Run update

The Central Stores Department in Kelowna will be closed after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. 

Central Stores will be re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan, 4, 2010.

Last Truck Runs …

To Penticton on Thursday, Dec. 17 

To Salmon Arm and Vernon on Tuesday, Dec. 22  



Regularly scheduled truck runs will resume on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 with the first run to Vernon and Salmon Arm on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Penticton on Thursday, Jan. 7.

Kelowna Flu Clinic on Thursday

Okanagan College will be offering vaccinations for H1N1 and the seasonal flu for employees in Kelowna. The flu clinic will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Pit. Okanagan College will split the cost of the seasonal flu vaccination with employees – each person will pay $10. The cost of the H1N1 vaccination will be $5 per person. Staff may choose to have one or both vaccinations.

Follow this link to a consent form; staff are asked to fill it out ahead of time in order to move the clinic along smoothly – except for the signature and date – those are to be completed when the nurse is present.

Kelowna CS Brochure now available

The Continuing Studies Winter 2010 brochure is now available online or at the Kelowna office in A108. Remember that employees can take any of these courses free of charge using the tuition waiver form, as long as they don’t displace a fee-paying student. Find this form on myOkanagan under: OC Express – Forms, Continuing Studies.


SIFE Fashion show – making business look good

SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) will host the 2010 Dress to Impress Fashion Show on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 in Kelowna. Don’t miss the chance to see Okanagan College faculty and students strut their stuff on the runway.

The fundraiser will also show members of the College and community how to dress in a variety of business occasions. Specifically, the night will consist of casual, formal, business casual, business formal and evening wear.

The event will be held in the Centre for Learning on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, from 6 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include a drink and appies. Contact Aman Sandhu to purchase tickets.

Manulife Financial offers enhanced claims and administration

Effective Jan. 1, 2010, Okanagan College’s group benefits provider, Manulife Financial, will be moving our benefits plan to their enhanced claims and administration systems.

On Dec. 22, 2009, Manulife will be sending an information package to your home address that will include your activation key (which will be required the first time you access the new web offerings).  If you have recently moved, please contact Manulife at 1-800-575-2200 and your HR Advisor to update your new address.   


To ensure the protection of your account, your benefits drug card will be sent under separate cover to your Okanagan College campus address through inter-office mail. With this in mind, please ensure you review and, if needed, update your current campus address via My entry in the OC People Directory which is accessible via MyOkanagan, OC Express – Administrative Functions.

In conjunction with the system upgrade, Manulife Financial will also change the plan contract (policy) number used to identify our group benefits plan. Effective Jan. 1, 2010 the new plan contract number for extended health and dental claims is 83713.  

Please ensure in 2010 that you provide this new contract number to your dentist and pharmacy.  You will need to maintain copies of your old claim statements for your records because you will no longer be able to view these old statements once our plan moves to the enhanced platform.  However, Manulife’s Customer Service team will be able to access your full claims history when necessary and can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-575-2200. For additional information, please contact your HR Advisor. 


Ancillary and Business Services update

Staff and students in Kelowna will have the opportunity to enjoy food and drinks provided by Fezziwig’s in the New Year. “Fezzies at OC” will open in January 2010 in the new food services area of the Centre for Learning building. Colin Broomfield and his staff currently operate Fezziwig’s in Kelowna’s Mission and will bring their food and services to Okanagan College. Stay tuned to Inside Okanagan College to find out more about the food and beverages offered and hours of operation.

The following are staff updates from Ancillary and Business Services:

Diane Kelly joins Okanagan College on a more permanent basis as the Photo ID Clerk. Diane worked Photo ID at OUC and was responsible for getting the Okanagan College Photo ID system up and running during the transition.  She has also worked as an auxiliary in Print Services, along with other departments at the College.  Her office is P111J and the local to contact Photo ID is 4520.
 
Susan Gordon is the new Ancillary and Business Services Clerk, assisting Deb Peterson and Shirley Marshall with the administrative functions of the division.  She has worked for a number of years in post-secondary and secondary school settings. Sue is located in the P building and can be reached at local 5657. 

2009/2010 Calendar now online


A new version of the 2009/2010 Calendar is now available online at www.okanagan.bc.ca/calendar. The updated Calendar includes all new programs as well as recent program changes. If you notice any errors, please contact Inga Wheeler. The 2010/2011 Calendar will be published in April/May 2010.

Holiday Tips from Interlock

Okanagan College’s employee family assistance provider Interlock has developed a list of helpful holiday tips. Follow this link to the newsletter.

United Way Campaign: wrapped up in time for the holidays

The theme for the United Way this year was Make Hope Real. Okanagan College staff and students did just that this year and in larger numbers than ever before. The College more than doubled the number of staff and students who supported the United Way and raised well over $10,000. This was a 30 per cent increase in funds raised over last year.

Thank-you to all of the staff and students that filled in pledge forms, worked on the fund raising committee(s), helped out at events and came to the BBQ’s. Anyone who would like to continue their involvement in giving campaigns can support the Food Bank drive being organized by our SIFE students. 

Kalamalka Speakers Series Winter 2010



The Kalamalka Speakers Series will kick off the first of the Winter 2010 weekly Lunch and Learn lecture series starting on Jan. 11, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. in the Kalamalka Campus Lecture Theatre. All lectures are free and open to everyone. For more information please contact the Kalamalka Campus Library at 2247. The Lunch and Learn series are now posted online

Upcoming lectures include:


Jan. 11 - 13,596 stories about travel, restaurants, football, grain elevators, elections, rednecks, church spires, puncture plants and interesting people with Ron Spence, Business, Okanagan College. 


Jan. 18 - Family Farms: Update on the meat inspection regulation and its impact in this area with Andrea Gunner, P Ag.


Jan. 25  - The Ghosts Around Us: Military Training in the Vernon Area with Howard Hisdal, History, Okanagan College.

Feb. 1  - Where there was not a creature to be found…now there are many: cleaning Fascieux Creek with Angelika March, KLO Campus Creek Clean-up Crew Leader, Okanagan College.   


Feb. 8 - Talking the Walk!  Pilgrimage along the El Camino with Wayne Emde and Jack Greenhalgh, Pilgrims at Large.

Continuing Studies instructor wanted

Continuing Studies is looking for an instructor to teach OA 92, Basic Office Procedures for the Introduction to Office Administration Certificate Program. The course will teach students basic office procedures including effective telephone techniques, postal services, banking duties, receptionist skills and basic filing rules. The course runs on Monday and Wednesday nights, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Jan. 4 – Feb. 3.  Apply to Program Administrator Lorrie Bauer or call local 4533. 

50/50 winner announced

Congratulations to Crystal Nykilchuk from Vernon who won last week's payday draw for $530. 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.

Media
 
The Vernon Morning Star reported on how one of Vernon’s own continues as the Okanagan College president in Hamilton remains at OC helm. Read more in Hamilton inks extension from the Daily Courier, College extends president’s contract from the Penticton Herald and Hamilton’s term as OC president is extended five years from the Kelowna Capital News.
 
The polished (and very cute) Robo Rockers of Naramata made the spotlight in the Life section of the Penticton Western News after their second place finish in the 4th Annual RoboCup Junior games held at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus Nov. 20. Read more: Students get charge out of competition.   
 
RoboCup and the 2008 reigning dance challenge champions received some attention from the Morning Star who previewed this years event in Brothers eye Robo repeat. The Hudson brothers did win the competition again this year and have qualified to attend the World RoboCup games in Singapore in June.

In his Global Citizen column, Stan Chung remembers back to when his first son was born and provides some tips for about to be and new dads on how to handle it all in Fatherhood 101.
 
MP Stockwell Day and MLA Bill Barisoff helped celebrate the ground breaking for the Centre of Excellence with Donna Lomas in Penticton a few weeks ago. Read more in the Penticton Western News article: College expansion taking shape.
 
The Committee for a Strong and Sustainable Salmon Arm looked at the growth options for Okanagan College in downtown, they came up with several options and reasonings. Read more in the Salmon Arm Observer article: Campus conundrum.
 
The Okanagan Short Fiction contest is accepting submissions until Jan. 22, 2010. Sponsored in part by Okanagan College the contest is an opportunity to showcase Southern Interior writers. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third price. Read more in the Summerland Review article: Fiction contest offered.
 
Aaron Edis, an Electronic Engineering student received several awards and accolades last week, not the least of which was a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by TD Meloche Monnex. Read more in the Kelowna Capital News article: Scholarship support helpful to OK student, and see a great picture of the happy recipient in the Good Deeds photo from the Daily Courier.
 
Okanagan College’s 40 Community Spirit Awards which include a $1,000 scholarship, show’s high school students there is value to their contributions and signal the importance of these values to the College. The application’s will be available starting in January with an application deadline of March 5, 2010. Read more in the Penticton Western News article: College rewards service with scholarship.
 
Playing in his band The Pasties is part of Jonathan Paul Babich’s dream. He’s also a student at the Penticton campus and he’s going to be in the musical Hair! Read more in the Penticton Herald article: Student dreams of career in music.
 
College alumna Kelly Scott and her team from Kelowna head to Edmonton for the Olympic trials in Edmonton this weekend. Read more in the Kelowna Capital News article: Scott shoots for Olympic berth.
 
Okanagan College student K.J Hanson who won the City of Kelowna’s 2009 Young Male Citizen of the Year award helped the awards 2007 winner campaign (and win) Kelowna’s recent byelection by more than 400 votes over his closest rival. Read more in the Kelowna Capital News article: Young candidate tapped into youth support.
  
Board of Governors’ member Lance Kayfish’s picture made it into the paper as the presiding election official at city hall for the Kelowna byelection on Nov. 28. Read and see more in the Daily Courier piece: Voting process proceeds smoothly.
 
In her weekly School’s In column, Interim Registrar Jane Muskens looks at the correlation between having a higher level of education and how healthy individuals are, in Education and health go hand in hand.
 
The 2009 Home for Learning project is a contender for the Best public-private partnership award at the Thompson Okanagan Housing Awards, which will take place Jan. 30, 2010. The awards have some changes this year as well. Read more in The Okanagan Saturday: Building awards competition changes format.

Communications professor Colin Snowsell had a series of articles published online. Check out What's Hotter: Hell House or Global Warming? The Shifting Rhetoric of the Evangelica Right in the November issue of Rhetor, The Journal of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric. Also in the November edition is: Glory! Steel! Onward! – or check out Colin’s novella The Frollett Homestead published through the Okanagan Institute. The novella is scheduled for publication in February and is now available for pre-order online.

Dr. Kyleen Myrah had a peer-reviewed article published in a new online journal called Entrepreneurial Practice Review that is published out of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. Check it out in: Using a Service Learning Approach to Teach Students about Social Entrepreneurship.


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