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Western Canada gold advances three OC teams to Enactus Nationals

enactus regionals 2017 iocThirteen 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.

The team from OC came first in Financial Education, Entrepreneurship, and Youth Empowerment, as well as third in Ecoliving Green. The four podium finishes earned the team $5,000 in cash prizes and three berths to the National Exposition on May 9 – 11.

The four teams are made up of students from Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton and were coached by faculty mentors Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Devin Rubadeau, Dr. Sheilagh Seaton and Andrew Klingel.

“This is an absolutely fantastic result for our students,” said Roy Daykin, Vice President of Employee and Corporate Services, who was present at the competition to support the team. “We know first-hand the impact our students have in our community based on the quality of the work they do on projects like CANSave and Silver Surfers but to be recognized at this competition validates just how relevant their work is.”

The students’ winning results were based on the demonstrated impact of a variety of their projects which included: CANSave, Silver Surfers, Healthy Housing and Trash Talk. 

“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

trades house shovels iocOn 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.

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2017 on the new 2,700 square foot facility that will provide hands-on, practical training opportunities for more than 300 students per year for programs including carpentry, electrical, plumbing and piping, steamfitter/gasfitter, residential construction, and sheet metal worker. The interior structures of the Trades Training House will continuously change, reflecting the cycles of training in the academic year and advances in building technologies and techniques. The project is expected to complete in Fall 2017.

“The Trades Training House will be an important piece of infrastructure in our approach to skill development,” explains Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “This will give the trades students a chance to work together on various projects in a real-world setting. It will benefit our apprentice and foundation students but will also be a great tool for some of our special programs, such as Women in Trades and Aboriginal Gateway to the Trades.”

Read the full story here.

Indigenous garden takes root at Kelowna campus

ind garden iocOkanagan 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.

Located just north of the Centre for Learning building, the 6,000 sq. ft. garden will provide an experiential educational opportunity for Okanagan College students and staff, and the broader community. 

“The na’ʔk’ʷulamən garden emphasizes several of the College’s key directions,” explains Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “From working with and learning from the Indigenous community to serving and engaging the community to advancing sustainability, we see this as an opportunity to celebrate the rich history and knowledge of Syilx people, and a way to demonstrate the value that Okanagan College places on Indigenous knowledge.”

The College has partnered with the Westbank First Nation, Growing Inspired Garden Education and Design and the Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club to establish the garden. The project received a grant from the City of Kelowna’s Canada 150 fund, which supports a variety of community projects to help celebrate the area’s natural and cultural history.

Read the full story here.

Heavyweight competition on simmer for Spaghetti Bridge

Spaghetti Bridge 2017More 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.

The highly anticipated Heavyweight competition suffered a setback when the Fettuccine Fault Line (a hydraulic machine that places load on the bridges to test their capacity) malfunctioned. With $1,500 of prize money on the line, the event organizers made the difficult decision to postpone the event.

“Rescheduling is disappointing, but the integrity of the competition must be held to the highest standard,” says head judge Dr. Andrew Hay, Vice President Education for the College. “It’s important for the students to know their hard work is taken seriously, so we must ensure their bridges are tested accurately using the proper equipment.”

The testing equipment is being analyzed and repaired, and all five competitors will be invited back to the College to battle for top honours in the Heavyweight category.

The other competitions do not use the same testing equipment and were carried out without a hitch. Find the full story and event results here.

Shorthanded OC team comes out on top at HRC West

hrc west team iocA 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.

Christie Klein and Adrianna Knuth took first place at the HRC West competition held at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey on March 4. Their win marked the first victory for an Okanagan College team at the event, now in its fourth year. The victory was all the more impressive due to the fact that Klein and Knuth were forced to compete as a pair when a family emergency prompted their teammate to drop out of the competition only two days prior to the event. The other 10 teams at the event all boasted three competitors plus an alternate.

“Having an added element of adversity really brought us together as a team,” explains Knuth. “We focused on the task at hand and took a lot of confidence from the incredible support of our coaches and the preparation we had put in over the past few months.”

“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.”

Both students are poised to graduate from the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program (Human Resources Management specialty) later this year. Learn more about HRC West here

Electrician blended program powers up

elec blended iocAn innovative apprenticeship program piloting at Okanagan College this month aims to help Electricians reduce time away from work and home while training.  

The Electrician Apprenticeship Level I Blended Program is a new 17-week program that will deliver training through a combination of on-campus and online learning. The online component will cut in-class training time in half. Apprentices in the blended program will spend five weeks on campus, as opposed to ten weeks in a traditional program.

The College received a grant of $218,000 from the B.C. government in December to power up the innovative pilot. The funding comes as part of the joint effort by the province, the ITA and post-secondary institutions to provide more flexible training that enables employers to keep apprentices at work longer, and allows apprentices to maximize their earning potential while in school.

“The program has been designed with the apprentice and the employer in mind,” explains Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship Steve Moores. “We’re always endeavoring to be even more responsive to the needs of industry. With this pilot, we want to help apprentices tap into great training and then get back out into the workforce as soon as possible.”

Read the full story here.

March 7 is BC Colleges Day

BC Colleges Day cmThe 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.

The announcement was made this morning by Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson, with an official presentation of the proclamation to BC Colleges chair Lane Trotter.

“Our government is proud to recognize the contributions that public colleges in B.C. make to their communities. These institutions provide British Columbians with first-class education and training opportunities as they prepare students for future success,” said Minister Wilkinson.

Read the full release here.

People

Cycling to silver at The Winning Pitch

winning pitch iocA 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 MIT

Battlecode iocA 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 

Shona house iocOkanagan 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. 

The Heritage Conservation award was presented by Heritage BC at their annual gala in Vancouver on Feb. 15. 

Harrison's home, the J.N. Thompson House was originally built in 1911 by George E. Ritchie and is named after former owner and Kelowna businessman John Nelson Thompson (1870-1956). Built in the Queen Anne Revival architectural style, the home is celebrated for the rarity of its style in Kelowna (as it was built when Classical Revival styles predominated) and its size and setting on a large lot. 

Harrison began the restoration project in July 2015 and completed it in less than 18 months. She had several tradespeople working simultaneously on projects in the home to align it with its original features, including a roof replacement, custom double-hung wood framed windows to replace missing originals, extensive repairs of exterior wood elements, restoration of brick work to chimney and patio, and new paint in heritage colours.  

Though not a consideration towards heritage status, Harrison also extensively restored the interior to its original grandeur. The project also won a Central Okanagan Heritage Society Award in the category of "Conservation project on a heritage building currently in residential use."

Interior Savings swells support for Silver Surfers

Silver Surfers Interior SavingsOkanagan 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.

Through the Silver Surfers program, Okanagan College Enactus students provide resources and coaching to enhance the abilities of seniors to use tablets to safely explore the Internet, learn to send emails, perform searches, take selfies and Skype to increase communication with loved ones.

The gift will enhance the program through the construction of a website to boost their online presence and provide for the purchase of wireless routers and tablets that will enable the program to run simultaneously in multiple locations.

“As students, running programs through Enactus provides challenging business experience in an accepting environment,” says Rebecca Alfred, who co-founded the program alongside fellow Okanagan College School of Business students Daniel Alfred, Sam Jamieson and Meaghan Barnard. “This donation enables us as students to continue to grow the program and make an impact on the community.”

Read the full story here.

Trades skills on display at OC

SkillsBC 2017 iocOkanagan 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. 

View a photo gallery from the event here. Read more about SkillsBC here.

OC students and staff step up for Pink Shirt Day 

pink shirt day culinaryPink 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.

The event, presented by TELUS, featured a breakfast and a presentation from Dr. John Tyler Binfet, a renowned researcher on kindness in children, who spoke on the impacts of kindness for children and adults. 

Salmon Arm staff bundle up for charity event

Coldest night of the year 2017 sa

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

 Notices  

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)
Kelowna - Tuesday, March 21 at noon (Trades Atrium)
Vernon - Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m. (E102/103)
Salmon Arm - Monday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. (134)

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.  

Coffee and cookies will be provided and if the session you are attending is over lunchtime, please feel free to bring your lunch to the meeting.

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.  

Please read this important document In the Event of an Emergency or visit the Health and Safety website for more information. 

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)  
EDRF-1: Education Council Faculty – South Okanagan Similkameen (08/01/2017 To 07/31/2019)                
EDRF-3: Education Council Faculty – North Okanagan (08/01/2017 To 07/31/2019) 
EDFP-1: Education Council Faculty – Business (04/24/2017 To 07/31/2018)   

  • Call for Nominations: March 1 - 19, 2017
  • Post List of Candidates: March 20, 2017
  • Campaign Period: March 9 – 26, 2017
  • Election: March 27 – April 12, 2017
  • Announcement of Election Results: April 13, 2017
  • Deadline for Appeals: April 21, 2017
  • Deadline to Request a Recount: April 21, 2017

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 Awards

Employees 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 employeeawards@okanagan.bc.ca.

These accomplishments will be shared at the Employee Excellence Awards event on May 10.

Applied Research and Innovation Day date announced

Please 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.

Events

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. 
 
Admission to the lecture is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For advanced tickets call the Okanagan Science Centre at 250-545-3644. To subscribe or obtain more information visit the Science in Society Speaker Series website

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 20 – 5 p.m. The New World (2005)
March 27 – 7 p.m. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
April 3 – 5 p.m. To be announced. The choice of film will be voted on by the class. 

United Way Appreciation Celebration

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.

Click here for more information. Please RSVP to
the Aboriginal Services office Aboriginal@okanagan.bc.ca or 250-762-5445 Ext. 4682.

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.

Media

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.

The 34th annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest offered up both fun and frustration for competitors as the heavyweight competition judging had to be postponed by to technical difficulties. Partial results were served up to readers by The Okanagan Saturday, the Kelowna Capital News, KelownaNow and Castanet.

Buzz around the new Trades Training House coming to Okanagan College continued to build thanks to coverage by The Daily Courier and Castanet.

Laura Thurneer, professor and chair of the Business Administration program at Okanagan College’s School of Business, was profiled recently in the Top Forty Over 40 series published by The Daily Courier.

Syrian refuge Maher Alasmar and his family are building a new life in Kelowna. Learning English at Okanagan College has been part of their journey. Watch an interview with Alasmar by Global News and read his story in OC’s 2016 Community report.

OC Penticton student and Okanagan College Students’ Union Executive Chairperson Morgan Rogers spoke on CBC radio on March 7 about the Let's Get Consensual Campaign coordinated by the College and the OCSU.

Word traveled fast about the quartet of OC business students who pedaled to a Silver medal finish at this year’s The Winning Pitch competition in Victoria thanks to coverage by The Daily Courier, Castanet, KelownaNow and InfoNews

Enactus Okanagan College’s Silver Surfer program was buoyed by a $9,700 donation from Interior Savings recently, and news of the gift found its way into the pages of the The Daily Courier and Castanet.

The Vernon Morning Star shone a light on the popular Women in Trades Training program at Okanagan College in a recent feature. The next intake of the program in Vernon begins April 10.

News of the Indigenous Garden that will be planted at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus bloomed in print and online thanks to stories by The Daily Courier, Castanet and The Vernon Morning Star.

The BC Lions visited Okanagan College on Tuesday, Feb. 21 to raise awareness about sexual violence and its impacts through their groundbreaking Don’t Be a Bystander program. Their poignant message was heralded to readers by The Daily Courier and Castanet.

On Pink Shirt Day, Feb. 22, a day to raise awareness about bullying and stand up in support for those who have experienced bullying, Okangan College History professor and retired Canadian Armed Forces Captain Howard Hisdal penned a letter to the editor refuting the notion that military officers are trained to be bullies. Read Hisdal’s letter here.

Okanagan College Audio Engineering and Music Production alumnus and rising country music star Ben Klick has landed a slot as opening act for country music legend Tanya Tucker when she performs in Kelowna on Thursday, March 23. Read more about Klick in this piece by The Okanagan Saturday.

BC’s longest-running documentary film festival returned to Okanagan College on March 3-5 and an article by The Daily Courier helped to raise awareness of the festival in advance.

One of the province’s largest writers’ festivals is coming up in Salmon Arm May 19-21 and Okanagan College will serve as one of two venues for the event, as reported by The Vernon Morning Star.

Author Ian MacRae launched his new book Motivation and Performance: A Guide to Motivating a Diverse Workforce to an enthusiastic crowd at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on Feb. 29, and word of the launch reached readers before and after thanks to The Daily Courier and Castanet.

UBCO professor Dr. Gareth Jones will speak about exercising and aging at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus on Thursday, March 9. Those interested can learn more about Jones’ research in advance coverage by The Vernon Morning Star and Castanet.

Nationally renowned poet Judith Pond read at Okanagan College on February 23, joined by two local talents. Current OC student Pip Dryden and OC alumnus Cole Mash also shared their work. The event garnered the attention of The Daily Courier.

Jane Austen will be at Okanagan College from March 9-12, via the College’s very own theatre troupe – the Red Dot Players – who are staging a popular new adaption of one of the author’s best known works, Sense and Sensibility. Media from throughout the region have helped to trumpet news about the performances, including Castanet, ShawTV, The Daily Courier and The Kelowna Capital News.

Seedy Saturdays returned to OC’s Penticton campus on Feb. 25. The event hosted in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence and featuring ngo and organic seed vendors made the Feb. 23 edition of The Penticton Herald.

Indigenous scholar and advocate Bev Sellars will be speaking at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on March 6 and her talk has generated interest thanks to coverage by The Kelowna Capital News.

Word of the passing of prominent Kelowna resident Vern Nielsen was published in The Kelowna Capital News on Feb. 22. In addition to being a proud Rotarian and supporting a host of causes and non-profit organizations, Nielsen served on the Board of Directors for the Okanagan College Foundation.

Okanagan College Honorary Fellow and MP South Okanagan-West Kootenary Richard Cannings made the pages of The Osoyoos Times for his call to the Federal Government to bring back a home retrofit program aimed at helping homeowners reduce costs.

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