SIFE Okanagan sweeps Western Canada
Okanagan College’s SIFE team delivered a one-two-three punch at the regional competition in Vancouver, finishing first in each of the three main categories: Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and the Go Green challenge.
Fifteen Okanagan College students impressed the competition judges, delivering compelling presentations on a range of SIFE Okanagan’s community outreach projects in the Okanagan valley, each of which address relevant social, economic and environmental needs.
In its first victory of the competition SIFE Okanagan won the Capital One SIFE Financial Education competition (team members Drew Vincent, Delanie Shaw, Thomas Arrowsmith, Jordan Pack and Samantha Hallett) beating out teams from the University of Victoria, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Thompson Rivers University and DeVry Institute of Technology.
In its second victory SIFE Okanagan captured first in the TD SIFE Entrepreneurship competition, with presentations from Kelowna students Paven Sekhon, Adrienne Renaud and Bill Wang and Salmon Arm students Ryan Rithaler and Kris Goralski.
Finally, SIFE Okanagan won gold in the Scotiabank & SIFE Go Green challenge with team members Kacie Sawri, Danielle Hofer, Evan Dizak, Dominique Tipton, Alejandro Valcarcel emerging victorious over the University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, Brandon University, SAIT Polytechnic and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Follow this link
to read the complete Public Affairs press release.
Spaghetti Bridge goes Hungary
It was a third try that proved to be lucky for Peter Sandor – or was it purely strategic pasta domination? Either way, the engineering student from Hungary’s College of Nyiregyhaza smiled from ear to ear as he hoisted the $1,500 cheque over his head.
Sandor was crowned the 2012 Okanagan College Spaghetti Bridge Heavyweight champion on March 2 in Kelowna. His bridge, which weighed in at 967 grams, held 384.06 kg before shattering in front of an auditorium packed with elementary, middle and secondary students, each with big pasta engineering dreams.
Second place in the Heavyweight division was captured by Okanagan College’s team of Jordan Hipkiss and Joel Peters, students in the College’s Civil Engineering Technology program. Their bridge was 32 grams heavier than Sandor’s and held 129.13 kilograms.
Third place went to Cherryville’s Clayton Mazu – the youngest in the Heavyweight division and only competitor not in college. Mazu’s bridge held 127.41 kilograms.Follow this link
to read the complete press release with full results from the 2012 competition.
Great-West Life ensures future with donation
One of Canada’s leading insurers, Great-West Life – together with its subsidiaries, London Life and Canada Life – recently contributed $100,000 to the Okanagan College Foundation to encourage sustainability training.
“Okanagan College has built one of the most innovative and sustainable post-secondary facilities in the world and will soon be training the next generation of tradespeople in sustainable building practices,” said Great-West Life’s Dave Kent, Regional Director, Sales and Marketing Centre, BC Region.
Half of the funding will go towards the capital cost of The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation located at the Penticton Campus. The remaining $50,000 will go towards development of a new three-year Sustainable Construction Management Technology program at Okanagan College.
Added Paul Finkbeiner, President of GWL Realty Advisors, Great-West Life’s real estate investment subsidiary: “This new program aligns closely with our commitment to sustainability, and it’s great to attract trades into a program dedicated to green construction management.”Follow this link
to read the complete press release.
Students remember Japanese disaster
On Friday, March 9, Okanagan College’s International Education department recognized the first anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan.
A group of Japanese students shared some of their thoughts and experiences about the disaster. Their messages offered up a perfect combination of respect, emotion and encouragement.
Last year’s Hope for Japan campaign raised $13,707 in support of the victims – those funds were donated to the Red Cross and are now being used as part of a project to build 70,000 new homes and benefit more than 280,000 tsunami victims.
Penticton showcases women in history
Okanagan College’s Women’s Resource Centre at the Penticton campus recognized International Women’s Day on March 8 with a timeline of important and significant events for women throughout history.
The event also encouraged women to write their thoughts on what it means to be a woman in 2012, with responses posted in the Demo Lab.
WRC also provided visitors with a handout illustrating the timeline of the status of women in Canada.
Employee Excellence Awards
Nominations for Okanagan College’s inaugural Employee Excellence Awards close on Monday, March 19. The new program recognizes the contributions of employees with a total of eight awards. Click here
to access more information and nomination forms.
High school students buzz at 16th annual competition
More than 70 high school students from Revelstoke to Oliver took part in the 16th Annual Trades & Technology SkillsBC Regional Competition held at the Kelowna campus on March 2.
Students competed in 11 different trades and technology contests, in hope of getting one of the top spots that would move them on to the gold medal round at the Skills Canada BC provincial competition to be held April 18 in Abbotsford.
Joining the senior students were 32 students from Grades 6-9 competing in two junior skills contests: Gravity Vehicle and Wind Turbine.
For competition results visit: www.okanagan.bc.ca/skillsbc
Alix Hawley makes CBC shortlist
A professor in Okanagan College’s distinguished English faculty is now among 10 English-language finalists for the coveted CBC Canada Writes Short Story prize.
Alix Hawley, who grew up in Kelowna, is up for the prize for her short story Tentcity, a satirical tale of lost love set against the backdrop of the 2003 Okanagan Fire.
Her work was selected from more than 3,750 short stories submitted from across the country.
“I was utterly astonished when I heard the news,” said Hawley. “I’ve entered for the last few years and I just threw this one in. It never occurred to me this story would end up in the top 10.”
Readers are invited to vote for their favourite story starting March 19. Click here
to cast your ballot.
Culinary Arts grad takes to world stage
After wiping the Gold Medal Plates clean with his work with Okanagan College students, Culinary Arts alumnus Jon Garratt has now secured a place at the World Chef table.
Garratt has just been named as one of only two Young Chef Ambassadors with the World Association of Chefs Societies, in charge of both North and South America.
“I really didn’t think this was going to happen,” said Garratt when he learned he was named to this new position.
Garratt, a former Culinary Arts apprentice who earned his Red Seal in February just after the Gold Medal Plates competition wrapped up, collected praise from numerous contacts in order to convince the society he was worthy.
Among them was Chef Michael Smith from the Food Network.
“He made a conference call to the society president in Iceland on my behalf,” Garratt said.
Now it will be the 30-year-old chef’s job to get more countries on board recognizing the talents of young chefs. Only nine countries in the world offer young chef programs, with Canada – and now the Okanagan - considered to be at the forefront.
Human Resources professional list grows
Okanagan School of Business professor Laura Thurnheer and Human Resources’ own Vanessa Griffens have both received their CHRP designation.
The two College employees are among only 11 recipients in the Southern Interior of B.C. who have received this certification, which requires writing two exams to qualify.
The certification is especially sweet for Griffens, who not only works in Human Resources at Okanagan College, but graduated from the College’s BBA program in 2007, specializing in human resources management.
President’s Entrance Scholarship
Six women have been granted the President’s Entrance Scholarship for 2011, along with one man for 2010.
The President’s Entrance Scholarship is one of Okanagan College’s most coveted awards. It recognizes leadership, scholastic achievement and community contributions.
Recipients of the award receive a tuition credit for the academic year. The 2011 winners were honoured for their achievements last week when they spent an evening with program Deans and President Hamilton at a dinner at Infusions.
The winners for 2011 are: Teddie Brock
(Revelstoke-Shuswap, enrolled in Associate of Arts)Lauren Crandlemire
(Revelstoke-Shuswap, enrolled in Associate of Science) Cayla Brown
(North Okanagan, enrolled in Associate of Arts)Olivia Glockner
(Central Okanagan, enrolled in Business Administration Diploma)Kayla Moore
(Central Okanagan, enrolled in Business Administration Diploma) Danielle Chetner
(South Okanagan, enrolled in Associate of Science).
The 2010 winner is David Delgatty
(Central Okanagan, enrolled in Associate of Arts).
To read more about this year’s winners, follow this link
Therapist Assistant instructor successfully defends PhD
A curiosity about the relationship between geography and the prevalence of multiple sclerosis has resulted in a PhD for Dr. Brett Wade.
The title of his dissertation is: “The Geomagnetic Field and Correlations with Multiple Sclerosis: A Possible Etiology for Disease.”
A physiotherapist for 17 years with a personal interest in the health effects of electromagnetic radiation, Brett wanted to learn more about why the prevalence of the disease is highest between 40 and 60 degrees north.
More information about Brett’s research will be featured later this week in College Matters.
Frances Greenslade nominated for BC book prize
Frances Greenslade, whose work Shelter has been drawing accolades from critics as far away as Britain, has now been nominated for the prestigious Ethel Wilson B.C. Book Prize.
“I heard from my publisher earlier this week. Up until then I hadn’t really thought about it too much,” said Greenslade, an English professor at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus. “Now, I’m just really pleased.”
Greenslade’s book is up against five others, including Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan, which won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller prize.
The award ceremony takes place May 12, 2012
Yacheson to retire
Jo-Anne Yacheson, Associate Director of Continuing Studies, is retiring on April 19, 2012.
Jo-Anne has been with the College for almost 32 years and during that time, she has enthusiastically contributed to the success and growth of the institution. Jo-Anne’s involvement in the community, on numerous college committees, and her leadership role with the Administrators’ Association are just a few examples of how she has contributed to the College’s overall success.
Her passion for post-secondary education and her dedication and commitment to students and staff always aligned with the College’s mission, vision and values. Those who have worked with Jo-Anne will miss her enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise.
A celebration of Jo-Anne’s career and retirement will take place on April 20 in A146 at the Kelowna campus between 2-4 p.m. A dinner at the Mekong restaurant will follow at 5 p.m. Please contact the Mekong directly to make your reservation.
Modern Love lands instructor in New York Times
Creative writing instructor Natalie Appleton can now add the New York Times to her hefty clipping file.
Appleton, author of A World Away, a Wish Answered, teaches through the Continuing Studies program at both the Kelowna and Vernon campuses, and decided to pen a very personal story about meeting her husband in Bangkok for the paper’s Modern Love section.
To read her essay, click here
Andy Revell revs up for kids
Facilities Management’s Andy Revell will be taking part in the third annual Have a Heart Race for Kids at the Penticton Speedway on April 22.
The race is put on to help raise money to equip the pediatric and maternity wards of the Penticton Regional Hospital. Revell will be racing in two classes: the super stocks with his #4, and the Hornets, in car #14.
“The more people show up, to the more money the Speedway will donate,” he said.
Lordco Auto Parts will also be donating funds for any laps where Revell takes the lead. Contact Andy
for more information.
Blue Ribbon idea
Regional Dean Jim Barmby is extending thanks to the staff who submitted a total of 32 entries in the contest for a slogan to accompany Okanagan College logos on the back of the volunteers t-shirts attending the Fall Fair.
The entries yielded great ideas, even a few designs, to keep the Fall Fair goers on their toes (maybe next year).
Esteemed adjudicators (thank you for taking on the tough assignment) stuck with the spirit and intent of the rules, and managed to narrow a great many entries down to one.
Including the logo, the message will read:
Okanagan College – A Blue Ribbon Education
The idea belongs to Wanda Radies, who wins a $50 gift certificate to any Okanagan College Bookstore. Congratulations, Wanda!
From how-to book to fashionable art
Inspired by the book autopsies of Brian Dettmer (unsure of what those are, click here
), Karen Friesen, from the Vernon Library, fashioned her artwork from a book that had belonged to her mother.
Karen painstakingly cut out every illustration from 'Fashion Sewing for Everyone' and attached them to the book cover. This piece of book art now graces the Circulation area in the Vernon Library.
Sustainability in Education series
Sustainability! Complex problems require multi-factorial solutions.
Drinking water inspired 19 HKIN 261 students to undertake a research project as a major course assignment. A literature review highlighted the complexity of the health, environmental, economic, and social issues surrounding bottled water. A campus-wide survey and an environmental audit were completed.
The project culminated in a report to the Regional Dean with three measurable goals and seven recommendations for action. The number one recommendation was to upgrade the drinking water fountains to cold, filtered reusable bottle fill stations with a sipping option.
All five drinking fountains at the Penticton Campus have since been replaced. In the last two years, 44,226 reusable bottles have been filled. Increased access to a free, healthy, sustainable water choice was key to reducing consumption of bottled water. Students learned that with administrative support, careful research and thoughtful recommendations, one small group can make a difference.
John Kenny is running for animals
John Kenny, a Civil Engineering Technology instructor at Okanagan College, will be running the BMO Vancouver City Marathon in May to raise awareness and funds for two local animal rescue organizations: Critteraid and The Okanagan Small Dog Rescue Society.
This has been a pretty big undertaking for him as he has never run a marathon before.
John has been training steadily over the last few months and last October, he completed the BMO Okanagan Half Marathon in less than two hours. It was a good start to his ultimate target of a full marathon in Vancouver in May 2012.
If you would like to sponsor John's run and learn more about these two organizations, visit www.okanagansmalldogrescue.ca
or contact John
directly. Remember to put "Marathon" in the description field if you are making a donation online.