October 10, 2008, Vol. 2 Issue13
Flu vaccinations coming to a location near you
It’s that time of year again – and Okanagan College is offering employees the opportunity to receive a flu vaccination.
Flu clinics will be held at the following locations:Monday, Oct. 20 – Vernon
– Room C334 12 – 1:30 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 21 – Kelowna
– Room T113 8-11 a.m. & 12 – 4 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 22 – Penticton
– Room A06A 1:30 – 3 p.m.Friday, Oct. 24 – Landmark
– Room 341 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.Friday, Oct. 24 – Salmon Arm
– Room 154 1 – 2:30 p.m.
The vaccine is offered as a service to Okanagan College employees only. Participation is voluntary and costs $9.50. Please bring a cheque payable to Okanagan College or exact change. Questions about the flu clinic can be sent to Catherine Williams. Any questions regarding the type of vaccination or the after effects should be discussed with your family physician.
Here are some links from the BC Health Files that you should review:http://www.bchealthguide.org/12b.stm http://www.bchealthguide.org/12c.stmhttp://www.immunizebc.ca/.htm
Information from the Government of Canada is also available at Health Canada's website
Career Fair volunteers needed
Two volunteers are still needed on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for Okanagan College's 27th annual Career Fair. If you are interested in helping, contact Career Fair organizer Katie Bowyer
Last chance to get tickets for Alumni Awards
Don't miss out - tickets to Okanagan College's 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards
are 95% sold! Distinguished Alumni winner Don Turri
of MacKay LLP and Young Alumni Award winner Chris Gibbons
of Westhills Aggregates will receive their honours at a dinner reception at the Harvest Golf Club on Wednesday, October 29, 2008. Purchase your tickets online at: www.okanagan.bc.ca/alumni
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
, or by calling Marcy Nelson at 250-762-5445 ext. 4773 or toll free: 1-888-650-6968.
Candidates for Okanagan College Dean position to make presentations
Two candidates are being considered for the Dean of Science, Technology and Health position on October 15 and 17. As part of the decision, candidates have been asked to give a presentation on Educational Leadership in Science, Technology and Health in the 21st Century,
which are open to the College community. We encourage you to come and listen to the presentations and provide feedback to the Selection Committee on the candidates. Presentations will take place in the Kelowna Campus, Lecture Theatre at the times listed below. Candidate biographies will be distributed via email. The first presentation will take place on Oct. 15 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. The second presentation will take place on Oct. 17 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
50/50 winner announced
Congratulations to Cindy Battersby from Financial Awards in Kelowna who won today's payday draw for $472.50. The Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery is open to all employees of Okanagan College. If you wish to sign up for the lottery, registration forms are available from: Advancement & Alumni/Okanagan College Foundation office (P103, KLO Campus), Human Resources (Landmark V, Kelowna) or online
Kalamalka Campus to host sustainability conference
Willis Associates and Okanagan College are sponsoring an annual Okanagan Speakers Series at the Kalamalka Campus of Okanagan College. The conference will focus on Community Sustainability in a Changing Global Environment
and will be held at the Kalamalka campus on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25. Guest speakers will include: Richard Hebda
, Royal BC Museum and University of Victoria; Tim Lesiuk
, Government of BC Climate Change Secretariat; John Robinson
, Sustainable Development Research Initiatives; and Bruce Sampson
, Consultant/Specialist in Climate Change Issues. For more information about the conference and to find out how you can get tickets, follow this link
to download the conference poster.
The following pre-conference films are going to be screened at the Kalamalka Campus in the Lecture Theatre:
Oct 15 Wed 7 p.m. The 11th Hour
Oct 22 Wed 7 p.m. Addicted to Plastic: the rise and demise of a modern miracle
FREE PARKING for conference and pre-conference films.
Take a virtual tour
An initiative by the Westbank Chamber of Commerce
has resulted in a new way for the general public to tour Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. The Chamber’s website has posted a link for users to take a virtual tour of the facilities, grounds and several classrooms at the campus. To take a tour, visit: www.westbankchamber.com
and click on the virtual tour box on the right. Follow the link that says “unique to us” and you will see Okanagan College.
Okanagan College Foundation Annual Report now available
The Okanagan College Foundation 2007/08 Annual Report is now available online. To access the report, please visit the Foundation website at: www.okanagancollegefoundation.ca
and select "Annual Reports."
For a hard copy of the annual report, please contact Dawn Douglas
at Local 4774.
IT Services Update
Effective immediately, IT Services is pleased to announce that there will be Technician and Help Desk support available Monday through Thursday until 9 p.m. during the fall and winter semester. Please call 4444 for assistance.
Okanagan College IT Services is hosting the next meeting of the Higher Education Information Technology group on Friday, October 10. HEITBC is comprised of 23 post-secondary institutions from across BC that meet to discuss centralized software licensing arrangements, training opportunities and to enhance dialogue and collaboration throughout the IT BC post-secondary sector.
Canada Savings Bonds available
The Federal Government delayed the sale of Canada Savings Bonds by one week due to the unsettled markets. The Bonds will be available for sale through the website
on Friday, October 10 at 8 am. Please check the website on Friday if you wish to purchase or make changes to your current CSB amounts. For more information on Canada Savings Bonds through payroll deduction, please contact Vicki Pannell.
Okanagan College Tuition Bursaries deadline: Oct. 17
Last year Okanagan College distributed $322,000 in tuition bursaries to our continuing and completing students. Bursaries are still available
, up to a maximum of $500 per term, for the fall and winter semesters. The number of eligible applicants will determine our ability to assist as many students as possible, to the extent of funding available.
Successful applicants will receive written notification (to the mailing address on their student record) and will have a tuition credit applied to their winter 2009 term fees (unless applying for the fall term only).
Eligible applicants must:
a) be in the second year of a diploma, associate degree or university transfer program, or second, third or fourth year of a degree program
b) be registered in a minimum course load of 60% (40% course load for students with a permanent disability)
c) be in good standing as per the Okanagan College Student Conduct Policy, not on academic probation and not have outstanding fees
d) demonstrate financial need
e) be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants Follow this link
to download an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Student Services Welcome Centre at the Kelowna campus or to the Regional Campus administration office by the deadline – Friday, Oct. 17, 2008.
Human Resources offers employee orientation
Human Resources will be hosting an Employee Orientation at the Penticton Centre on Friday, October 17, 2008 in Portable No. 3 and at the Kelowna Centre on Friday, October 31 in H115; both at 9:45 a.m. All new employees are required to attend and existing employees are welcome.
Please note that HR will be at these campuses after the orientation for the Regional Service Day.
Human Resources Regional Service Days previously scheduled for the following dates and locations have been cancelled: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at the Penticton Campus Tuesday, November 18 at the Vernon Campus; and Tuesday, December 4 at the Kelowna Campus.
October 2008 is United Way Month at Okanagan College
The 2008 United Way campaign kicked off valley wide in September 2008. As part of our ongoing support of the United Way, we have named October 2008 as United Way month at Okanagan College.
By now, all Okanagan College employees should have received a package containing information about your local United Way as well as the 2008 pledge form. We invite you to participate in this year’s United Way campaign, “One + You.”
Some events have been scheduled to help raise awareness and funds for the United Way, please visit the events section of Inside Okanagan College for all event listings. If your department is interested in co-coordinating an event to benefit your local United Way, please contact Dawn Douglas
in Advancement & Alumni at Local 4774.
CS seeks personal interest programming instructors
Continuing Studies is expanding its personal interest programming. We are looking for instructors to teach in the following areas and design exciting programs such as:Financial & Life Planning
Financial Planning for the Next Chapter, All Condos are Not Created Equal, Tips for First Time BuyersCommunication & Languages
How to use your Blackberry, Screen Writing for People who Love Movies, Change your Story – Change your Life Health & Wellness
Care giving Options for your Parents, Managing Energy to Balance Your Life, Ground Rules for a Better LifeTravel
Traveling on a Budget, Thai it Up, The Grape Escape to ChileMake & Take
Knitting for Charity, A Carbon Neutral ExperienceHome & Garden
Farmers Market 101, Taming Clutter, Great Floral Arrangements
For more information or to get involved with these programs, please contact Lorrie Bauer
, Program Administrator at local 4533, by Oct. 20.
Campus Store book orders
The Campus Store would like to remind staff that book orders for the winter semester are due October 15. As well, any course packs that are required should be into Gord Stefansson
by November 15. For more information please contact Gord
CS seeks odds and ends for Career Fair
Continuing Studies needs your help! Something fun is in the future for Career Fair on Nov. 2, but we’re missing a few crucial ingredients:
• A plush parrot
• A large crystal ball
• Some black cats (not real!)
• Round fish bowls
• Plastic skulls
Anyone willing to lend us these items will receive free fortunes, lots of appreciation, and the best drink money can’t buy. Please email Jill
by Oct. 30 if you are able to help. Oct. 14
- United Way Booth 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunoka Building Entrance, Penticton Campus
Come and meet your local United Way representatives and learn how the United Way helps our communities.Oct. 14
– United Way Services Fair 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Pit, KLO Campus
Come and meet some of the local United Way member agencies and learn how the United Way helps their organizations and how their organizations help our communities.
Oct. 14 -
Don't forget to vote in the federal election. Visit www.elections.ca
for more information.
- For the past few weeks financiers, investors and politicians have been staring into the abyss of a total market collapse. The US sub-prime mortgage problem has proved to be a catalyst for a worldwide crisis that many believe threatens the entire capitalist system and could lead to a Global depression that could make the 1930s look like the decade of opulence. Join Okanagan College Business professor Davie Raye
, as he presents a lecture "The Financial crisis - everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask."
This presentation will take place in the Kelowna lecture theatre beginning at 5 p.m.
David has over 20 years experience of the financial services industry, having worked for several blue chip companies in the banking and insurance sector. He spent the last 12 years of his career working in investment banking as an equities analyst covering the Pan European Banking industry. He retired as a Director of Credit Suisse First Boston in 2006 and emigrated to Kelowna.Oct. 20
– Penticton Speaker’s Series
Lecture Theatre, 7 p.m., admission by donationStraight from the Streets!
, Cpl. Mike Moyer
An opportunity to learn and discuss with the RCMP what role the social and cultural environment of a community plays in the development of gang culture, what signs may indicate the development of gang culture, and what steps a community can take to ensure that gangs and gang activities do not take root in their backyard. Cpl Mike Moyer is a member of the RCMP “E” Division Gang Awareness Unit. Contact Kaya Forest
for more information.Oct. 21
- Food for Thought Presents
: The CSI Effect: Is Popular Television Affecting Canadian Justice?
The presentation will take place from 1 - 2 p.m. in the Kelowna lecture theatre.
Of the top 100 rated shows in the United States in 2007, an unprecedented number of shows (13) depicted criminal investigations. Some of these shows are ridiculous (e.g., Monk), however, others attempt to show criminal investigations in a more “realistic” fashion (e.g., CSI). But how realistic is it? Recently, there has been a concern that with the popularity of these shows, crime victims and jury member’s expectations regarding forensic science are becoming impossible to meet in the real-world. Dr. Leora Dahl
will present evidence regarding the presence of a “CSI Effect” in the Canadian justice system. In addition, she will present evidence that brings into question the supposed infallibility of forensic techniques. Oct. 23
– Join Mel Hurtig
, a Canadian publisher, author, political activist and former political candidate, for a lecture on his latest book, “The Truth About Canada: Some Important, Some Astonishing, and Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country
.” The event will take place in the Penticton lecture theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 or by donation to support the Penticton Secondary School Global Awareness project. Oct. 24
- Join Mel Hurtig
, a Canadian publisher, author, political activist and former political candidate, for a lecture on his latest book, “The Truth About Canada: Some Important, Some Astonishing, and Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country.
” The event will take place in the Kelowna campus lecture theatre beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 in support of Project Literacy.Oct. 31
- Annual Halloween BBQ
(11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Outside the Cafeteria, KLO Campus
For a $5 donation, you will receive a BBQ lunch and goodie bag, some goodie bags will have prizes inside. Net proceeds from the BBQ will be donated to the United Way.Nov. 3
– Penticton Speaker’s Series
Lecture Theatre, 7 p.m.
Join the Penticton Speaker's Series for a special screening of the film Into the Wild.
Admission is by donation. Contact Kaya Forest
for more information.
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