Western Canada gold advances three OC teams to Enactus Nationals
Thirteen students from Okanagan College’s Enactus team will be a whole lot busier this semester as they prepare to take on the rest of the country in Vancouver in May after notching three first-place finishes at the Regional Western Canada Enactus Exposition in Calgary last weekend.
“To achieve four podium finishes at the Regional Enactus competition, including three first-place wins, is an incredible testament to the quality of our students and the community outreach projects they are engaged in,” said Dr. Kyleen Myrah. "We can't wait to showcase our community impact at the National exposition in May in Vancouver, and are so appreciative of the support we get from our institution and our community."
Federal government announces funding for Trades Training House
On March 1, Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr, representing the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development announced a $332,485 investment from the Federal Government in a new trades training house at the College’s Kelowna campus.
Read the full story here.
Indigenous garden takes root at Kelowna campus
Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus will soon be home to a unique greenspace containing more than 50 local Okanagan plants that are of cultural and historical significance to the region’s Indigenous people.
Slated to open in July, the na’ʔk’ʷulamən (na - kool - a- min) garden will pay tribute to the close relationship between Indigenous people and the natural world. na’ʔk’ʷulamən is a Nsyilxcen word which broadly translates to “the things that we do.” It was chosen to reflect the holistic relationship that Indigenous people have with plants, encompassing maintenance of the land, values, beliefs, practices and protocol in relation to the natural world.
Read the full story here.
Heavyweight competition on simmer for Spaghetti Bridge
More than 300 elementary and high school students from across the region gathered at the Kelowna campus on March 3 for the 34th annual Spaghetti Bridge building contest, and while the day offered up a lot of fun and friendly competition, participants will have to wait a little while longer for the final results.
Shorthanded OC team comes out on top at HRC West
A dynamic duo of two Okanagan College students overcame adversity and topped the podium at one of Western Canada’s most prestigious HR case competitions over the weekend.
“When the results were announced, it was pure relief and elation,” adds Klein. “We were both so proud to have represented the College, our program, and ourselves so well at a high level competition.”
Electrician blended program powers up
An innovative apprenticeship program piloting at Okanagan College this month aims to help Electricians reduce time away from work and home while training.
March 7 is BC Colleges Day
The BC Government has proclaimed March 7 as BC Colleges Day. The proclamation is intended to acknowledge the role colleges play in connecting students of all ages and walks of life to education and training in the province.
Cycling to silver at The Winning Pitch
A team of four Okanagan College students raced to second place with an Okanagan-inspired business idea at one of B.C.’s biggest tourism case competitions.
Adrian Lemiski, Brooks Hewko, Merissa Hucul and Nick Gallant took home the silver medal at The Winning Pitch competition at the B.C. Tourism Industry Conference in Victoria on Feb. 26. Hosted by go2HR, B.C.’s tourism human resource association, The Winning Pitch challenges post-secondary students to propose concepts for new B.C.-based ventures.
The group from Okanagan College, coached by OC School of Business professors Blair Baldwin and Laura Thurneer, earned accolades for their proposal on “Pioneer Adventure Company,” a premium cycle tour based out of the South Okanagan.
“We were thrilled that our idea resonated with the judges,” says Hucul, a third-year Bachelor of Business Administration student at the College’s Kelowna campus. “The process of developing our pitch, refining it, and preparing for the competition involved months of hard work. From start to finish it’s been an incredible learning experience, and it’s still going.”
Read the full story here.
OC team cracks top 50 at MITA pair of OC computer science students logged an impressive showing at Battlecode, MIT's longest running programming competition.
“Battlecode is a real-time strategy game,” explains OC team member Christian Slater. “Two teams of virtual robots roam the screen managing resources and attacking each other with different weapons. Your job is to write code to strategically manage your robot army and control how your robots work together to defeat the enemy team.”
In order to be competitive, teams must bring knowledge in artificial intelligence, pathfinding, distributed algorithms, and/or network communications to write the code for their robot to compete in real-time.
This year’s competition saw more than 1000 teams registered. In Okanagan College’s very first appearance at the competition, Slater and teammate Taylor Adam placed 49th overall, competing against top post-secondary institutions from all over the world.
Learn more about the Battlecode competition here.
OC prof honoured with provincial award for heritage home
Okanagan College English professor Dr. Shona Harrison is the recent recipient of an award for one of her non-literary labours of love – her century-old home.
Interior Savings swells support for Silver Surfers
Okanagan College Enactus students were presented with a $9,700 cheque from Interior Savings Credit Union in support of their initiative to promote seniors’ wellness through tech-savvy training.
Trades skills on display at OC
Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus played host to the 20th annual SkillsBC Regional Trades and Technologies competition on Friday, March 3.
More than 120 students in Grades 6-12 were on campus competing or participating in a variety of hands-on trades training demonstrations in the new Trades Complex. Students had a chance to try their hand on a welding simulator, build skills with carpentry/joinery hand tools in addition to a variety of other trades experiences with OC instructors.
OC students and staff step up for Pink Shirt Day
Pink Shirt Day is an annual event helping to address the issue of bullying in schools, communities and online. Numerous OC students and employees showed their support by wearing pink to campus on Feb. 22.
OC Culinary Arts students wowed pink-attired crowds with their culinary creations at the Laurel Packing house on Feb. 22 for the 3rd Annual Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Pink Shirt Day Breakfast.
Salmon Arm staff bundle up for charity event
Joan Ragsdale, Regional Dean Shuswap-Revelstoke and Kristine Gick, Recruitment and Events Coordinator, braved the cold in support of the Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank on Feb. 25 for Coldest Night of the Year.
The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry and homeless in communities across Canada. The College’s Salmon Arm campus raised a total of $625 for the cause.
March 7, 2017, Vol. 11, Issue 24
Budget Town Hall Meetings
All Okanagan College employees are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting on the proposed 2017-18 budget. The sessions will be held at each campus and will be led by Roy Daykin, Vice President Employee and Corporate Services.
Penticton - Monday, March 20 at 3 p.m. (PC119)
Daykin will provide an update on some of the issues the College is facing during the upcoming fiscal year and staff will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the budget information presented. The College’s budget will be presented to the Board of Governors for consideration at the end of March.
Lead a session at Connections
The Connections 2017 Organizing Committee is calling out to all Okanagan College employees to consider hosting a learning session at the annual conference in August. If you have an idea for a session you are encouraged to contact Kerry Rempel or submit session details here.
The sessions should be interactive in nature and focus on learning related to teaching, job skills, personal development or other topics of interest to a college employee. If you have an area of interest or expertise and want to share with your colleagues, the committee wants to hear from you.
In the event of an emergency
Do you know what to do in the case of an emergency on campus? The College's Occupational Health and Safety committee would like to remind you of what steps to take should an emergency situation arise on campus.
At the Kelowna campus alone, there are 13 trained first aid attendants for medical emergencies and 36 trained emergency wardens in the event of a fire, evacuation, or environmental threat.
If you should determine that there is an emergency (medical, fire, police, security issue, or environmental threat), please contact Security by dialing 6699 from the closest land line.
Disability Resource Network of B.C. for Post-Secondary Education Conference
The 34th Annual Disability Resource Network of B.C. for Post-Secondary Education Conference brings together disability resource professionals and students from across B.C. and beyond for a two-day conference held at Vancouver Community College on May 23-24, 2017. For more information and to register visit the DRNBC website. Tickets are $120 - $375 and early bird registration is available until April 15.
Education Council by-election
Election season is continuing with vacancies still needing to be filled in the recent Education Council election. The call for nominations will begin March 1. Please visit the Election tab in myOkanagan for more information and to submit a nomination. The deadline to nominate a candidate is March 19.
Education Council will welcome Dr. Tim Walters (Shuswap Revelstoke Faculty seat) and Gilbert Bede (Central Okanagan Faculty seat) on August 1. Both were recently declared elected by acclamation.
Current Education Council vacancies (and terms)
For more information contact Inga Wheeler at ext. 4847 or by email.
Employee Excellence Awards – Deadline for nominations approaching
The nomination submission deadline of midnight on Monday, March 13, is fast approaching for the Okanagan College Employee Excellence Awards program that recognizes the contributions made by employees.
The 2017 Employee Excellence awards mark the sixth year that the College has held awards to honour employees for their dedication to the growth and development of Okanagan College.Take the time to recognize those you work with who have made a difference to you, to students and the institution. For more information about the awards, including award categories, nomination FAQs, and links to nomination forms, please refer to the Employee Excellence Awards Website.
Milestones for Employee Excellence AwardsEmployees who have completed a credential, been published or received an award from an external organization in the past year are invited to share their achievements, or those of colleagues by completing the Milestone Recognition Form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These accomplishments will be shared at the Employee Excellence Awards event on May 10.
Applied Research and Innovation Day date announcedPlease save the date for the upcoming Applied Research and Innovation Day at the Kelowna campus on May 9, 2017 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Trades Complex Atrium. In addition to keynote speaker, David Chalk, there will also be many other presenters, workshops, and interactive demonstrations throughout the day and OC researchers will have an opportunity to connect with potential community and industry partners. A detailed program and registration details will be provided once finalized. Learn more about David Chalk and his presentation “Innovation is Nothing New” here.
2017-18 Holiday Season Closure and Summer Hours
A reminder that the dates for the 2017-18 holiday season closure and summer hours have been announced. Okanagan College will be closed to the public during the holiday season beginning Dec. 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. and will re-open on Jan. 2, 2018. For departments opting to participate, summer hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) will be in effect from April 24 - Sept. 1, 2017. The notice can be found here.
Is Exercise the Medicine for Successful Aging?
March 9 – Dr. Gareth Jones, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC Okanagan, will reveal the latest research from his lab on Parkinson’s disease, frailty and exercise to enhance and preserve physical function in a public talk as part of the Science in Society Speaker Series. The presentation will take place at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus in the lecture theatre on Thursday, Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Classics at the Classic
A recurring and increasingly prevalent theme in films is “the end of the world as we know it,” and Okanagan College’s Dr. Tim Walters has built a season of “Classics at the Classic” that feature nine dystopian and apocalyptic flicks. Now in its fifth season, the popular movie series returns to the Salmar Classic theatre (60 Alexander St. NE) in Salmon Arm. The not-for-profit series is part of the College’s second year university transfer course Studies in Reading Film.
The full schedule of films is as follows:
March 13 – 5 p.m. 28 Days Later (2002)
March 16 – All those who contributed to the United Way are invited to attend their Community Appreciation Celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hanna’s on the Waterfront for food, prizes and surprises. Those interested in attending please contact Angie March (local 4501) to join the OC table.
Employee Social at McCulloch Station Pub
March 16 – The Kelowna campus Social Committee invites faculty and staff to join them at McCulloch Station pub after work on Thursday, March 16 starting at 4:15 p.m. for an evening of great food and good fun. The Social Committee has arranged for some fantastic drink specials and an appie buffet at a cost of only $10 per person. The best part is that there’s no need to pre-purchase your tickets.
March Madness Party
March 16 – Join Okanagan College basketball for a March Madness NCAA Bracket Party at Infusions, March 16 from 5:30 - 10 p.m. Enjoy complimentary hot hors d’oeuvres and pastries prepared by Culinary and Pastry Arts Chefs while watching the March Madness kickoff. Wine and beer will be available. Bracket winner prize will be $500. There will also be exceptional door prizes given away including a 65 inch 4K Samsung TV. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.
8th Annual Aboriginal Recognition Ceremony
March 18 – All are welcome and invited to attend the 8th Annual Aboriginal Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, March 18, from noon - 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture theatre (S104) at the Kelowna campus. From noon - 1 p.m. there will be light refreshments as well as a free photographer on site. Ceremony will commence at 1 p.m.
OBSA Business Reception
March 23 – The Okanagan Business Students’ Association (OBSA) 38th Annual Business Reception is happening on Thursday, March 23rd from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Atrium of the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus. Tickets will be $40 and are available here.
Included in the ticket price is complimentary wine tasting from four prestigious wineries, floating appetizers, and samples from some of the best microbreweries in the valley. Setting the stage will be live music, guest speakers from the College, and sponsors TD Bank and CPA BC. Grant Thornton is sponsoring A Safe Ride Home for the event, ensuring all attendees have a dedicated vehicle to get them back to their residence. The aim of this event is to connect business students from all faculties with businesses from around the community. Proceeds go toward student scholarships presented by the OBSA. Further information on the event can be found in the promotional video here.
More than 120 students in Grades 6-12 visited Okanagan College for the 20th annual SkillsBC Regional Competition on March 7, as reported by The Okanagan Saturday and Castanet.
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