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Trades Complex officially opens

trades opening iocThe renovated and expanded Trades Complex at the Kelowna campus was officially opened on Thursday, Sept. 22 in a ceremony attended by hundreds of community members, donors, employees, students and alumni.

Premier Christy Clark, Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson, MLA Steve Thomson, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton and fourth-year electrician apprentice Patrick Bailey cut the banner on the new building and shared their thoughts on how the expansion will benefit Okanagan College, the region and the province.

“Trades students have a nearly unlimited potential ahead of them in B.C.,” said Premier Clark. “They're being equipped with the skills for a career in fields that are not only in high demand today, but also emerging sectors that will need skilled workers for years to come.”

One of the new and unique spaces helping students build skills is the Trades Success Centre, (located in room T118 of the new building), where students can access tutoring, learning technologies and support. More information about this new space, hours, and learning support available can be found here.

Another new feature of the building sparking the curiosity of students and employees alike is a 1959 Cessna 172, donated by KF Aerospace, suspended in the building’s atrium. Click here to view a time-lapse of the plane being installed.

Click here to view a video from the Trades Complex opening; read more about the building's features in a supplement published by The Capital News. Follow this link to read a media release from the province.

Fall student enrolment continues to grow at OC

2016 kelowna campus fallThe total number of students enrolled in programs at Okanagan College’s four major campuses is up almost four per cent compared to last year.

A total of 8,329 students were registered in programs and courses on Sept. 16, the College’s stable enrolment date (the last date students could register and change classes), compared to 8,005 students enrolled at the same time last fall.

“The indications are that we are experiencing another strong year,” explains Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “We can likely expect that this will be the 12th consecutive year that we exceed government’s total enrolment targets. More importantly the strong demand for our programming indicates we are providing relevant and valuable education for our communities, and that’s what is most important to us.”

Read a campus-by-campus breakdown of enrolment figures, and news of the College's growth in international enrolment, in the media release. Click here to watch a video by Global News.

College to co-host Wine Talks.

Wine TalksOkanagan College and Liquidity Wines are partnering to offer Wine Talks: An International Perspective on Wine Marketing on Nov. 9 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Penticton campus.

The event will feature presentations from best-selling author Karen MacNeil (the Wine Bible) and Rob McMillan, EVP and Founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division. MacNeil will kick off the event and after a short intermission (and wine break, of course) McMillan will close the evening.

MacNeil is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English language. These include the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year (James Beard Foundation) and the Global Wine Communicator of the Year (International Wine and Spirits Association).

In a full-page profile on her, TIME Magazine called Karen “America’s Missionary of the Vine.” But deep global wine knowledge is only part of the story. MacNeil is considered America’s foremost wine presenter–a speaker who can enchant audiences from 5 to 500, and from wine novices to wine collectors alike.

McMillan is the founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division based in Saint Helena, California. Starting in 1992, he developed the division from the idea and start-up phase to the point where it’s now regarded by many as the leading provider of financial services to the fine wine business on the West Coast.
Rob’s banking career has spanned over 30 years; more than 20 with Silicon Valley Bank. In that time, he has moved though roles of increasing responsibility including a term on Silicon Valley Bank’s Managing Committee.

Tickets to attend the event are now on sale at a special early bird rate. Click here to purchase.

OC taps into advanced global research network

Okanagan College recently transitioned from PLNet to BCNET, one of the world’s most advanced networks, yielding increasing internet speed and connection to one of Canada’s most robust research arteries.

With the move to BCNET’s enhanced services to Google, Microsoft, Amazon – and its advanced research network – students and employees will experience enhanced delivery of multimedia and other resources through their smart phones, tablets, and laptops, along with College computers in labs, classrooms, and workspaces. Since the transition, campuses are trending toward increased throughput, with up to five-fold improvement in some cases.

BCNET is part of Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) and the CANARIE network that connects many of Canada’s top institutions. It is a linkage that will allow the College to continue to make strides in applied research, by providing students and employees with another means of accessing and sharing information, and collaborating with other researchers around the world.

Using creepy-crawlies to catch killers

anderson iocA leading forensic entomologist is visiting the Okanagan this month to speak about her work using insects to solve crimes, including the role they played in putting away one of Canada’s most notorious killers.  

Dr. Gail Anderson, SFU professor and a pioneer in the field of forensic entomology (the application and study of insect biology to criminal matters), will give a public talk in the lecture theatre of Okanagan College’s Vernon campus on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Anderson’s talk, entitled Murder and Maggots: The Use of Forensic Entomology in Criminal Investigations, is part of the Science in Society Speaker Series.  

Anderson is a Professor in the School of Criminology and the Co-Director of the Centre for Forensic Research at SFU. As a forensic entomology consultant to the RCMP she has been analyzing forensic entomology cases since 1988. Recently, her research was used to help convict serial killer Robert Pickton.

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 speaker series website.

Read the full media release here.

College offers new concentration in CIS for business students

CIS computer studentsStudents enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at Okanagan College can now turn their concentration to the world of coding and upload a host of other information technology-related skills to their resume.

A new concentration in Computer Information Systems (CIS) will allow BBA students to explore computer programing, including advanced courses covering topics like mobile and web app development, software engineering and database management.

The concentration is designed to give BBA students a competitive edge in gaining employment as the world of business becomes increasingly dependent upon information technology, and as the Okanagan continues to assert itself as a growing hub for technology and innovation. At a press conference on Sept. 13, Accelerate Okanagan estimated the tech sector’s economic impact at $1.3 billion throughout the region. Okanagan College Vice President Education Dr. Andrew Hay spoke at the event and joined the panel in addressing the role of Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan in supplying the well-trained graduates necessary to continue to grow and sustain the sector.

More information about the new concentration is available here.

 People

Construction Craft Worker students on the job

CCWAB hffWithin days of stepping into the classroom, a group of Okanagan College trades students were stepping onto the jobsite, putting their newly acquired skills to work on a Habitat for Humanity home in the South Okanagan.
Twelve students from the Construction Craft Worker Aboriginal Bridging (CCWAB) program recently spent two weeks contributing painting, trim, landscaping, and insulation to a single family home in Peachland.

“This was an incredible experience for our new CCWAB students,” noted Sara Cousins, the program’s coordinator. “Both Habitat for Humanity and the homeowner were very pleased with their thoroughness and work ethic.”

Students will gain hands-on training on a number of jobsites between now and December, including on the site of the new Westbank First Nation Youth Centre, where they assisted with the removal of a three-level scaffolding system on Oct. 3.   

Offered in collaboration with BC Hydro and Westbank First Nation, the program is tuition-free and includes work boots, bus passes, group study sessions, cultural activities, volunteer work experience and job search skills to remove potential barriers and support success. Click here for more information about the program.

OC prof ponders U.S. presidential election

From social media frenzy to potential economic fallout, Dr. Rosalind Warner, Chair of Okanagan College’s Political Science department, is taking a detailed looked at the U.S. presidential election in an upcoming talk.

Warner will present “Off the Rails: The U.S. Presidential Election” on Oct. 24 in the lecture theatre of Okanagan College’s Penticton campus.

“One of the things that is interesting about this race is that both candidates share similar views on trade and that should be a worry for Canadians,” said Warner. “Every day Canada and the United States trade more than $2 billion in goods and services – that is extremely significant. With both candidates committing to curtailing open trade, Canada will be impacted.

“My goal is to provide understanding and context from a Canadian perspective and we will take a look at how we got here.”

Warner is one of eight presenters making up the College’s Penticton Speaker Series, taking place on Monday evenings this fall between 7-8:30 p.m.  

Read on in the media release.

Schneider shakes things up in London

schneider londonOkanagan College alumnus Andrew Schneider is in London, England this week pitting his craft cocktail creativity against some of the world’s best stirrers and shakers.

A bartender at Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver, Schneider received the opportunity to represent Canada in the event in London on Oct. 5-6, during London’s famous Cocktail week. He recently beat out stiff competition at national and international qualifying events to earn the spot. Only one winner per country from a total of 10 countries made it to the international finals this week in London, out of the 46 countries entered, and Schneider is among them.  

Participants were tasked with devising a drink showcasing Peter F Heering’s Cherry Liquor. Schneider’s drink called Mount Pleasant is inspired by the Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver and named after the Mount Pleasant area of the city. The international winner will be announced here on Oct. 7.

Schneider is an alumnus of the College’s Associate of Arts degree program. Prior to joining Vij earlier this year, he shared his artistry as a bartender and assistant manager at RauDZ in Kelowna. Schneider has competed in numerous cocktail competitions in Canada and abroad; he earned the Judge's Choice Award at last year's Okanagan Spirits Winetender's Mixoff competition and last month also took top spot in the Beefeater MIXLDN B.C. competition, which will see him travel to Toronto to compete in nationals later this fall.  

To watch Schneider in action making his Mount Pleasant cocktail, go to 20:52 in this video from CTV News.

Students help each other soar 

myra advDozens of Okanagan College students took to the air in Myra Canyon Adventure Park this week for a field trip that elevated pulses and teamwork skills.
 
“This was one of the most successful trips we’ve ever organized,” said Heather Carson, Assistant Coordinator, Athletics, Recreation, and Student Life.
 
Forty-eight students braved an extensive aerial tree top ropes course in the adventure park, which overlooks beautiful Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park. Adding to the physical challenge, students had to work together to problem-solve their way through a number of obstacles.
 
“The activity really fostered a sense of teamwork in that students had to work together, encourage one another, and help each other out. It was all about trust, conquering fear and an amazing core workout! Thank you to Myra Canyon Adventure Park and its knowledgeable and helpful staff for helping us make this experience possible for OC students.”

Booking a space at OC? There’s an app for that

Facilities and Business Services in conjunction with IT Services launched a new Online Space Booking App for all campuses of Okanagan College on Sept. 30.

This online tool allows users to quickly and easily reserve space, from booking classrooms to spaces for large-scale gala events.
 
Employees can access the app by 1) clicking here or 2) by logging into MyOkanagan: Employee tab under OC Express - Administrative Functions – Facilities – Event and Room Bookings or 3) by visiting the Facilities and Business Services webpage, choosing “Facility Rentals” on the left hand menu and clicking on “Book Your Event Online." 
 
Facilities and Business Services will be offering lunch and learn opportunities in late October to provide an overview of this new tool, provide training and answer questions. For more information about the app or the upcoming lunch and learn, please contact Bobbie Wyatt or ext. 4614.

October 4, 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 14 Notices

Fitness facility closed for long weekend

The fitness facility at the Kelowna campus will close for the Thanksgiving long weekend on Friday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. and will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 a.m.

IT Services scheduled outage

IT Services will be conducting a Banner software upgrade this weekend. Modules to be updated include Banner General, Student, Accounts Receivable & Workflow. This upgrade will cause a disruption in service for Banner and Banner related services beginning 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 to approximately 12 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.
 
The following services will be disrupted:
·        Banner
·        Services from MyOkanagan Student, Applicant, Faculty and Employee Tabs
·        BRM
·        Financial Aid
·        Continuing Studies Online Registration
·        Apply Online
·        Online Payments
·        Classfinder
·        FAST (including WebReq)
·        Workflow (including EPAF, Test Accommodation & Event Booking)
·        Transcript Request
·        Housing Application
·        Student Affairs/Disability
 
The following services will continue to run normally:
·        OC Website
·        Outlook email
·        Network folders
·        Library catalogue and online services
·        Moodle course management system
·        On campus wireless
·        Lab and Info Commons workstations
·        HR POST (employment opportunities)
·        myOkanagan email and groups
 
Please contact the IT Services helpdesk at local 4444 on Tuesday, Oct. 11,  if you encounter any difficulties immediately following the upgrade.

Professional development workshops for OC employees

Learning and Teaching is offering a series of free professional development workshops this fall. Sessions are designed to provide OC employees with knowledge and skills to benefit them in their jobs, and to build new expertise.
 
Topics range from communications and leadership to research tools and technical know-how. Find the full schedule here. For more information or to register, please email Learning and Teaching.

The ongoing Roundabout Fuel and Roundabout Junction series also offers peer-led education and lively discussion on a diverse array of topics. Learn more, find the full Roundabout schedule and register online here. Have a question? Email the Roundabout team.

Donate blood with ease through LIFEBUS

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is offering a LIFEBUS program in Kelowna that will pick up and drop off teams of three or more who want to donate blood and help save lives. Okanagan College is one of the organizations in the region that is a Partner For Life with CBS. A goal has been set to reach 70 donations in total by students and employees by the end of the calendar year. The LIFEBUS schedule is as follows:

·    Oct. 17 – 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
·    Oct. 31 – 11 a.m. - 3p.m.
·    Nov. 21 – 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
·    Dec. 12 – 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
·    Jan. 16 – 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
·    Feb. 21 – 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
·    Mar. 13 – 2 - 6 p.m.

For more information or to register, please email Gayle Voyer or call (250) 979-8053 to arrange a pick up location and time. Employees and students are reminded to please register their teams to ensure donations are counted toward Okanagan College’s donation total. Click here to register online using Okanagan College’s partner ID number: OKAN002612.

Payroll Savings Program

This fall Okanagan College employees can once again choose to participate in the Canada Payroll Savings Program. The program is a safe, simple and secure way to save. The campaign starts on Monday, Oct. 3 and will close at 5 p.m. (PT) on Tuesday, November 1. How does it work? After enrolling, deposits are deducted from each pay and start earning interest the day funds are received by The Bank of Canada.

 



To set up a new Payroll Savings Plan, follow this link and click on “CSB Online Services." Step-by-step instructions are available in the “Employee How-To-Guide” here. If you are not comfortable with enrolling online, you can obtain a paper application and guide from Financial Services. Make sure you include Okanagan College’s organization ID# 12924 in your application.



For more information visit the CSB website, or contact Cathy Schwarz (local 4234) or Tiffaney Keis (local 4522). You may also contact CSB Customer Service at 1-866-565-8405, Monday to Friday, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. (PT). A full list of benefits is available in this info sheet.

Reminder: Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service Award nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Okanagan College Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service awards.

The Honorary Fellow award is recognition by Okanagan College of distinguished achievement or outstanding service. The criteria for the award are mentorship, excellence, eminence and accomplishment.

The Distinguished Service award recognizes a former Okanagan College employee who has given outstanding service to the College, who shares and supports the College’s mission, vision and values, and is active within and outside the College community. This award is not given as a matter of routine.

Full criteria, nomination forms, and a list of previous honorees can be found here. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, Nov. 10.

Events

OC Speakers Series Penticton

Sept. 12 - Dec. 5 – From the search for other worlds to an off-the-rails U.S. presidential election to exploring making a living selling art, the Penticton Speaker Series has a topic for everyone this fall. Talks are 7-8:30 p.m. in the lecture theatre, Penticton Campus. Admission is by donation. All donations support the Dire Straits Fund. Click here to view the speaker series schedule and for more information.

Science in Society Speaker series: 
Dr. Gail Anderson

Oct. 12 – Dr. Gail Anderson, SFU professor and forerunner in the field of forensic entomology (the application and study of insect biology to criminal matters), will visit Okanagan College this fall to share her experiences. The presentation, entitled "Murder and Maggots: The Use of Forensic Entomology in Criminal Investigations" will take place in the OC Vernon campus lecture theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 12 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. More information is available on the Science in Society Speaker Series website.

Media

Enrolment growth at Okanagan College was welcome news to followers of a number of outlets, including Global News, Castanet, KelownaNow, The Okanagan Saturday, The Penticton Western News and The Salmon Arm Observer.

The opening of Okanagan College’s new Trades Complex in Kelowna reached readers throughout the region and beyond thanks to comprehensive coverage from The Kelowna Capital News in print and online, The Daily Courier, Castanet, Black Press TV.

It was a feast fit for royalty: Chef Bernard Casavant, Okanagan College’s Culinary Manager and President of the Okanagan Chefs Association, along with Culinary Arts instructor and Predator Ridge Executive Chef Jeremy Luypen, recently cooked for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Okanagan, as reported on by HELLO! Canada, The Capital NewsThe Daily Courier and The Okanagan Saturday. Casavant also received rave reviews in The Daily Courier on Oct. 4 for a dinner prepared alongside his peers from the Okanagan Chefs Association for KGH Foundation’s Heart of Gold gala.

The B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus recently scored high marks from wine judges gathered in Penticton last week for the B.C. Wine Awards, as reported by The Penticton Western News.

Dr. Gail Anderson’s upcoming talk about forensic entomology and role of insects in solving crimes was heralded in The Daily Courier on Oct. 4.

News of the passing of renowned Canadian Aboriginal artist and elder Daphne Odjig was published in The Daily Courier and The Penticton Herald, including a letter to the editor in The Herald. Okanagan University College bestowed its highest honour on Odjig in 2002, granting her an Honorary Doctor of Letters, which was one of five honorific degrees she received during her life. Odjig's family will not hold a memorial; donations may be made to the Kelowna SPCA.

The Penticton Herald recently caught up with Okanagan College Board Chair Connie Denesiuk for an interview about her role and the role of the College in opening doors to education in the community.

Another member of the Okanagan College Board – recently elected Vice-Chair Chris Derickson – was profiled in the Capital News on Sept. 21 and 23.

Kelowna tech pioneer and Accelerate Okanagan CEO Raghwa Gopal was interviewed recently by The Daily Courier and ICON Okanagan. Gopal was named an Honorary Fellow of Okanagan College in 2014, served as Entrepreneur in Residence with the OC School of Business in 2012, and is currently Vice President of the OC Foundation.

Also in the news was local author and 2012 Honorary Fellow Yasmin John-Thorpe, featured in The Summerland Review for her new children’s book Grandpa’s Gift, which explores the Battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I for a young audience.

Local renovation expert Gord Turner’s $15,000 donation to help create a new study space for carpentry students at the Kelowna campus was highlighted in the Sept. 24 edition of The Daily Courier online and The Okanagan Saturday.

Word of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society’s upcoming Young Chefs event at Okanagan College on Oct. 6 was shared by The Daily Courier on Sept. 27. The event will feature chefs and winemakers from throughout the Okanagan, including a team of young chefs – culinary arts students – from OC.

Okanagan College alumna Christine McPhee has been named the new branch manager for the downtown Kelowna Library branch; she recently shared her perspective on the challenges facing regional libraries in an interview with The Capital News.

The passing of 24-year-old Okanagan College alumnus Micheal Lang in a motor vehicle accident in West Kelowna on Sept. 28 was shared by The Daily Courier on Sept. 30 and Oct. 4. Funeral arrangements are not known at this time.

Anne Denman was recently profiled as part of Crowe MacKay’s Women 2 Watch series in The Daily Courier for her extensive work supporting higher education in Canada; Denman – who is Executive Director of the Okanagan International Festival of Animation - sits on advisory boards for Okanagan College, UBC Okanagan and Sheridan College.

An annual tire-recycling event at Okanagan College, organized by the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, was promoted to readers of The Capital News and The Daily Courier.

Recent accreditation by the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) for the Okanagan College School of Business’s Human Resources Management program made the pages of The Daily Courier on Sept. 21.

With the candidates dominating headlines on both sides of the border it’s no surprise that OC Politial Science Professor Rosalind Warner’s upcoming talk Off the Rails: The U.S. Presidential Election made the news, including The Penticton Western News and KelownaNow. Warner’s talk at the Penticton campus is at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24, as part of the College's Speaker Series on now until Dec. 5.

Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission manager Corie Griffiths recently touched on the importance of post-secondary – industry connections in an interview with Business Vancouver. Griffiths cited recent collaborations with industry by both Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan in the piece.

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