Students return to campus
Fall term kicked off with a bang last week as a number of high-energy events took place at each of the College’s four campuses.
Organizers praised the volunteers, many of whom were employees and returning students, who got up extra early to make sure everything was ready. Final numbers for the incoming semester will be available after registration closes.
For photos of activities from every campus, see the photo gallery.
CEO invites Enactus OC to Montreal for pitch
After impressing the president and CEO of the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) during the final round of the national Enactus Canada exhibition, a team of students and advisors from the College’s Enactus team were invited to Montreal to pitch their project, InStill Life, to a group of business leaders and students.
Coyotes aim for a home run season
The Okanagan College Coyotes kicked off their seventh season with a series of inter-squad games last weekend. They face their first opponents, the Langley Blaze for three games on Sept. 13 and 14 at Elks Stadium in Kelowna.
Expectations are high this year for the team and head coach Geoff White is optimistic.
“We have a good group,” says White. “We have many strong returning players and a promising group of freshmen.
To learn more about the team, read the press release.
Photo by Alex Bradley.
Become a master at service excellence
A new online certificate program aims to build the support and service expertise of Okanagan College employees.
“I think everyone in a support or administration role at Okanagan College should have to take this program,” says enthusiastic Continuing Studies Program Assistant Corinne Pearson.
Pearson was part of the first cohort of the Service and Support in a Learner-Centred Organization (SLCO) program, run as a pilot last year.
“The program is ideal for anyone who would like to enhance their knowledge and skills in service excellence at Okanagan College and learn more about effective communication, client service strategies, and conflict resolution methods that can be applied in any industry or work environment,” says Karen Barnstable, SLCO facilitator.
Registration is open for the next intake of SLCO, which starts on Sept. 25 and runs until December. Okanagan College employees may qualify for tuition waivers.
“What you learn in the courses doesn’t just apply to working with the public but also to working with your colleagues,” says Pearson.
Get more details on the program and register here.
Don’t miss the annual powwow
Okanagan College’s sixth Youth Exhibition Powwow is taking place on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the courtyard of the Kelowna campus. For those who can’t make it to Kelowna, the event can be enjoyed through live streaming here.
The annual celebration of Aboriginal culture features singing, drumming, dancing, and colourful regalia as well as a traditional meal of bannock and deer stew courtesy of generous donations from the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, the College’s Culinary Arts department, SunRype and Urban Harvest.
“The powwow is a great chance to celebrate our youth, highlight the richness of who we are, and the strengths of our culture,” says Okanagan College’s Aboriginal Access and Services Coordinator Anthony Isaac.
“The more we do to increase people’s understanding of our ways of knowing and doing, the more we create a sense of belonging for all of our learners.”
The event also features authentic Aboriginal craft vendors selling artwork, carvings, and beadwork. For the fifth time Richard Jackson brings his great energy to the role of MC, Noel Ferguson reprises his role as ceremonial Whip Man and the drumming groups that are performing are Iron Mountain and Little Hawk.
Run, walk or roll to beat cancer
Join Team Okanagan College on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Mission Sports Field for the 34th annual Terry Fox Run and help realize Terry’s dream of ending cancer forever.
No entry fee, no minimum pledge, and the event is entirely volunteer-led and organized.
Registration is at 10 a.m., and the run starts at 11 a.m. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome to participate.
At the start of a new school year, we are reminded how challenging parking at Okanagan College can be. To help alleviate all that parking grief, think about carpooling.
Having two or more people use only one spot is the easiest way to ease pressure on parking as well as reduce the harm all the vehicle emissions do to the environment.
Benefits of carpooling include:
Click here to access Okanagan College’s carpool information site and find a ride or register yourself as a driver.
Put your new car pool ride to the test from Sept. 22-Oct. 3 during the Campus Commuter Challenge taking place at colleges and universities across the country. It's open to all staff and students who commute here using any form of transportation other than a single occupant vehicle. For details and to register visit the website.
New manager of Software and Support Services announced
Ryan Ebner has been appointed to the position of Manager of Software and Support Services effective Sept. 2 to replace Deb Matheson who retired in June.
“Ryan is a strong technical leader who brings fresh ideas and approaches to bear,” says Laura Eagen, Okanagan College’s Director of Information Technology Services. “He is deeply committed to the organization, focused on clients, and will be influential in moving the organization forward through the use of technology.”
Ryan was formerly a project analyst in IT Services and has been with College since 1998.
“I am always excited to take on new challenges and this role will give me the opportunity to positively contribute to Okanagan College in even more ways,” says Ebner.
Rising aviation star is an alumna
An alumna of Okanagan College’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineering M-License program has been named one of the industry’s brightest young stars by Helicopters magazine.
Chrystal Robertson (nee Skocilas) attended classes at the Aerospace Facilities in Vernon and completed the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer M license program in 2008. Prior to taking the program, she had no background in aviation and mechanical repair.
The article appears in the fall issue of the trade magazine, and in it Skocilas was acknowledged as making an indelible mark on the Canadian helicopter industry.
To read the coverage, visit Helicopters magazine.
Culinary Arts alumni success
Born and raised in Kelowna, sisters Erin and Elysia Kokayko credit Okanagan College for launching their careers.
CIS alumnus lands dream job
Chris Kluka had taken post-secondary studies at other Canadian institutions, but the credential and education he received didn’t fully meet his needs.
Sept. 9, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 12
Six student representatives are required to sit on Education Council (four positions) and the Board of Governors (two positions) for a one-year term. This is a great opportunity for motivated students to boost their resumes, learn about non-profit governance and make a significant contribution to the College.
Education Council considers curriculum and educational policies relating to students, standards, planning and operations. The Board of Governors has the sole responsibility for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, expenditures, business and affairs of the institution.
Nominations are open from Sept. 2-23 and the election takes place from Oct. 6-18 online in myOkanagan.
At the same time as the student election, a byelection for the Education Council Faculty Representative (Health and Social Development seat) is also needed.
Further details including nomination forms for both students and faculty are available on the Elections tab in myOkanagan.
Pension Plan Seminars
The municipal pension plan offers free financial planning seminars to its members.
Be sure to check out:
All plan members, including those receiving long-term disability benefits, are welcome to take part. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and members are responsible for their own travel and associated costs.
Event location details and registration information can be found at the Pensions BC website.
Penticton Speaker Series
Events take place at the Okanagan College lecture theatre at the Penticton campus from 7-8:30 p.m. See the Speaker Series website for details.
Yoga classes take place at the Kelowna campus on Tuesday and Thursday from 12-1 p.m. and on Monday from 4:45-5:45 p.m. (Please note the time for Monday’s class has changed).
ILT Lunch and Learns
Outdoor Garden, A Venue for Learning: Adult Academic and Career Prep instructors Richard Volk and Jessica Morcom will share the history behind the garden located outside C120 and how the garden can help instructors apply classroom learning in a larger context. The event takes place on Sept. 12 from 12-1 p.m. in Room C120, at the Kelowna campus.
The Kelowna Regional Waste Reduction Office will be hosting a Trunk Sale at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on Sept. 27 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to sell your gently used items to someone else who could use them and send less to the landfill. There is no charge to be a vendor, but all sellers must register by Sept. 24.
The top talent of Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts program was highlighted in a four-page feature article in the Aug./Sept. issue of Okanagan Life magazine, see Top chefs prep kitchen contenders. (The article will be available later this fall, when the magazine publishes it on their website.)
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The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Sept. 23, 2014.