Culinary and Pastry Arts students impress at Gold Medal Plates
Chef Alex Chen of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar in Vancouver took home the trophy at the 2018 Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna on Saturday, Feb. 3 and he had a little help along the way from a team of OC students.
Chef Chen and 10 other chefs from across Canada were assisted by Okanagan College Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts students throughout the Championships. The College once again hosted the popular Black Box Competition, an Iron Chef-style contest, on the morning of Feb. 3. The chefs were tasked with creating a dish incorporating ingredients from the black box: Fraser Valley rabbit, oysters, milled flax seed, a feta-like cheese, along with local Cripps Pink apples, kohlrabi and frozen Zinfandel ice wine grapes.
SIDCO steps up for Little Learners
Penticton's newest child care centre began the new year on a bright note with a $5,000 donation from the Southern Interior Development Corporation (SIDCO), an arm of Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen.
First season for OC Coyotes Basketball in the books
The College's men's and women's basketball teams recently played their last two games, wrapping up the inaugural season for the program.
"Both teams had the opportunity to play every PACWEST team this season," says men's Head Coach Dino Gini. "We played ACAC teams and some tough American teams so we had a very challenging season."
Stay tuned for updates on the Coyotes' "March Madness" Basketball Bracket and appreciation evening on May 3. For more information, click here.
New Chair and Vice Chair for College Board of Governors
Okanagan College has a new Chair and Vice Chair for its Board of Governors.
Chris Derickson, a councillor with the Westbank First Nation and a four-year veteran of the Board, was elected as chair on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Gloria Morgan, a former chief of the Splatsin Indian Band and an Enderby resident, was acclaimed as vice chair at the Board’s November meeting.
Derickson replaces Connie Denesiuk, whose six-year term with the Board ends in July.
Morgan steps into the role vacated by Derickson. She has been on the Board of Governors since 2016.
Morgan was a Chief of the Splatsin Indian Band from 2001 to 2005 and has been an RCMP officer, a general practice lawyer as well as a Crown Prosecutor. She was the President of the Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce, and member of the RCMP's E Division Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and served on the board of the Provincial Community Co-ordination for Women's Safety.
Read the full story here.
From the wrestling ring to the classroom
OC Communications Professor Marc Arellano recently welcomed a unique guest speaker, wrestler "Mad Dog" Marty Sugar, to his class to speak to students about smackdowns and semiotics.
In planning his Communications and Sport course, Arellano knew a few class field trips would help bridge the gap between theory and the real world. First up was a trip to Lakecity Bowling to watch a pro wrestling event. In March, the class will attend a Rockets game to compare modern day hockey with other athletic spectacles throughout history, stretching back to ancient Greece and Rome.
"The class just finished reading Roland Barthe's essay from Mythologies, 'The World of Wrestling,' which can be very dense," explains Arellano. "I've taught this same theory in other classes but the students reaction to it this time was completely different because of the field trip – it's gratifying to see how this trip has augmented the students' learning."
Sugar, who runs Big West Wrestling, stopped by the class last Wednesday to answer questions about the wrestling match as a follow-up to the field trip and to help break down the narrative structures commonly seen in pro wrestling.
Dianne Crommer announces retirement
After 30 years of employment at Okanagan College, Dianne Crommer has announced her retirement.
Crommer has worked as an Education Council Assistant for the last 13 years and prior to that she worked in the Finance department in accounts receivable. Crommer served two one-year terms on the Board from 1995-2001 and was elected as the vice chair. She has also been a steward for the support staff since 1990 and was bargaining unit chair from 2006 to early 2014.
Crommer is planning to retire before the end of April.
February 6, 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 3
Nominations open for 2018 Employee Excellence AwardsIt's that time of the year again – nominations for the 2018 Employee Excellence Awards are now open. Please take the time to recognize those you work with who have made a difference to you, to students or the institution. You can nominate employees in any one of nine categories:
Bakeshop "Friday" special hours this week
Bakeshop "Friday" is open every day this week, except on Friday. Employees can stop by the Kelowna campus cafeteria from Monday - Thursday and choose from a selection of sausage, bacon, roasts and more.
Infusions closure dates in February
Infusions at the Kelowna campus will be closed for dinner service from Feb. 2 - 13, reopening on Feb. 14 and closed for lunch service on Feb. 13 and 14.
Athletics and Recreation holiday closure and reading week hours
The Kelowna Fitness Facility will be closed from Saturday, Feb. 10 to Monday, Feb. 12 for the Family Day statutory holiday weekend and will be on reading week hours next week from Tuesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and closed again on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Renowned human rights activist to give free public talk - Feb. 6
For more than 30 years, Rick Sauvé has dedicated his life to improving the recognition of prisoners as rights-bearing citizens – a life's mission he stumbled upon while serving 17 years in prison for first-degree murder.
Sauvé is a former inmate turned internationally recognized human rights activist and will be giving a free talk at the Vernon campus tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre. He presented to an audience at the Kelowna campus yesterday.
International Winter Bike to Work Day - Feb. 9
Employees are once again invited to join their peers in cycling to work on Friday, Feb. 9 for International Winter Bike to Work Day. This year, the Kelowna campus will host a Pit Stop for cyclists from 7:30 - 9 a.m. with coffee and snacks in the Centre for Learning atrium.
Two new workshops open to employees
The Continuing Studies department is offering two courses that may be of interest to employees:
Faculty workshops - deadline to register Feb. 8Two upcoming workshops on Feb. 15 and 16 will focus on sharing best practices and work through common issues as business educators. Event highlights include keynote speaker Robert Kelly (U of Calgary) and discuss current topics on teaching in a multicultural classroom, using technology in the classroom, the essentials of business education in the digital age and creating integrated and internationalized curriculum.
View the workshop schedule here. All faculty are welcome to attend. RSVPs are required, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday, Feb. 8.
Learning and Applied Research workshops - winter 2018 schedule posted
Learning and Applied Research offers various professional development workshops for OC employees. The goal is to provide opportunities for employees to engage in sharing their knowledge and skills as well as gaining new perspectives on various topics that support them in their daily work. If you have ideas or suggestions about the types of professional development workshops that you would like to see offered during the winter semester, please email your ideas. Download the schedule of winter 2018 workshops here. All workshops are held in B130 at the Kelowna campus unless otherwise indicated.
OC business student and Kelowna Chiefs right winger Myles Mattila was profiled recently by Sportsnet for his work as a youth mental health advocate.
Okanagan College health care assistant and practical nursing students attended an inter-professional training day in Vancouver alongside Justice Institute of British Columbia primary-care paramedic students to gain experience working together. Business in Vancouver shared the news.
The Lake Country Calendar, Castanet, the Capital News and KelownaNow shared the news that Okanagan School of Business professor and Central Okanagan Sailing Association Head Coach Devin Rubadeau has been named Sail Canada’s 2017 Sailing Instructor of the Year.
The Lake Country Calendar, Vernon Morning Star, Daily Courier and the Capital News shared word that Chris Derickson was elected chair of the College's Board of Governors and Gloria Morgan will step into the role of vice chair.
Vice Money released an article about post-secondary institutions offering courses on the budding cannabis industry in Canada and Okanagan College’s new business course, The Emerging Marijuana Industry, was cited as an example.
KelownaNow shared details about the upcoming Okanagan Boys & Girls Club Annual Pink Shirt Day Breakfast on Feb. 28. OC Culinary students and instructors will once again be serving up food for this worthy cause.
The Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur business development initiative developed in part by the College’s Enactus team is getting ready to kick off its start-up weekend on Feb. 17 and 18. The Salmon Arm Observer shared event and registration details.
Renowned human rights activist and former inmate Rick Sauvé is giving a free public talk at Okanagan College’s Kelowna and Vernon campuses and KelownaNow, Castanet and the Vernon Morning Star shared the event details.
Sixteen Kelowna Central School students recently graduated the 15-week Gateway program and the Lake Country Calendar and Okanagan Weekend chatted with one of the graduating students to share her story.
The Salmon Arm Observer helped spread the news about the College’s Resistance and Revolution film festival, which kicked off at Salmon Arm's Salmar Classic Theatre on Jan. 29.
Okanagan College Enactus President Abbey Jones helped facilitate the 100 Kids Who Care Kelowna quarterly meet up alongside founder Richard Deacon. Global News attended the meeting and interviewed Jones and a few youth members.
OC interior design student Jayden McBride made the pages of the Vernon Morning Star for her newly-launched clothing company.
OC alumna and world-renowned ski cross Olympian Kelsey Serwa is heading to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and the Daily Courier and Capital News helped share the news of the homegrown athlete.
InfoTel News caught up with OC Public Affairs Director Allan Coyle to talk about the growth in the number of international students attending the College.
Castanet, KelownaNow, Daily Courier and CBC shared the comments of Okanagan College Students' Union Internal Director Nancy deMelo who went before the College’s Board at its January meeting to appeal for more mental health support for students at the Kelowna campus.
The Salmon Arm Observer shared event details that the Salmon Arm campus will be hosting a Solar Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Okanagan College Professor Dr. Kyleen Myrah will join UBC Okanagan professors and representatives of the private sector to moderate a panel discussion about housing and homelessness on Feb. 7 in Kelowna. The Capital News shared event details.
The Capital News and KelownaNow provided a recap on the City of Kelowna's 2017 challenge to collectively volunteer 150,000 hours over the course of the year in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. The College’s new 6,000-square-foot Indigenous garden, which received a grant from the city, and included extensive volunteer efforts to develop, was highlighted.
At the Jan. 30 Board meeting, the possibility of making emergency fund loans available to international students was discussed and the Daily Courier shared more information on the topic.
The Vernon Morning Star reported on the City of Vernon's new website which includes updated information on a wide variety of attractions, services and institutions, including Okanagan College.
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