The event formerly known as Next Steps has a new name: Connections 2008.
For the past two Augusts, Okanagan College has hosted an institutional
get-together and professional development opportunity at the Kelowna campus
for staff, called Next Steps. You can mark August 26 and 27 on your calendar and plan on attending one of those two days, but don't call it Next Steps as you block off the dates.
Drawing on feedback from participants and looking at what has made the event such a success, the Leadership Team has decided to rechristen the event Connections 2008, recognizing that one of the features that people like most about the event are the connections that it allows: connections with other staff; connections with news about the College from the past year; connections with the plans for the future; and - importantly - connecting with opportunities for learning and professional development.
A detailed program for the event, along with your opportunity to register for Connections 2008, will be sent to you later in the spring. So, as organizers work on materials, workshops and the myriad details that go into an event of this magnitude, keep an eye on your calendar and try to keep the date clear! (To maximize the opportunities for staff to attend, the Leadership Team is asking that to the greatest extent possible, competing activities not be scheduled that would conflict with those days).
College and SD 23 - partners in education
Okanagan College signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with School District 23 on Tuesday, Feb. 5 that commits both partners to promote collaborative programming, expand access and opportunities for students and provide a foundation for further partnership. Several Okanagan College programs are open to School District 23 students including the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant program, which currently has seven dual credit students enrolled. Read the Public Affairs press release
or visit the media section for more information.
The virtual classroom experience
Okanagan College will be testing a 30-seat virtual classroom and meeting space using Elluminate webconferencing for the month of March. Anyone interested in giving it a try can contact Ed Tech Coordinator Mike Minions
Visiting professor returns to Shanghai with fond memories
Okanagan College staff and students recently said goodbye to Dr. Xu Wu
, a visiting professor from the English Department of Shanghai University. Dr. Wu arrived in Kelowna the middle of October and has returned home to Shanghai. Dr. Wu was very impressed with the quality of education and the student-centred approach adopted by Okanagan College. Dr. Wu plans to incorporate some of the College’s methods in her teaching at Shanghai University. As a gesture of her appreciation, Dr. Wu prepared an authentic Chinese dinner for the International staff and the ESL instructors.
Arkle to headline OBSA Business BanquetNick Arkle
, Okanagan College’s 2007 Distinguished Alumni award-winner and Chief Forester at Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd., will headline the Okanagan Business Students’ Association 29th business banquet on March 13. The banquet will be held at the Grand Okanagan beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are now available - visit www.obsabanquet.com
for more information. Read the Public Affairs press release
for more information.
Inside Okanagan College launches new section
As a result of greater staff participation and contribution to Inside Okanagan College, today's edition will include a new section entitled Ourspace. Two new features that will be recurring in Ourspace are monthly submissions by the Library and Institutional Research’s Factlets. Ourspace is meant to be a place for colleagues to submit and share information about what is happening within our college - information that doesn't fall into the categories of News, Events, People or Notices. If you have an idea for a submission, email Christine Ulmer.
Business students ACE fundraising eventACE Okanagan
(Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship) recently hosted a networking and fundraising evening event at the hotel El Dorado in Kelowna. Students involved in the ACE program, as well as faculty, advisors and business leaders from the community attended the event where ACE projects were unveiled.
A keynote speech delivered by Dave Krysco, co-founder of Club Penguin, was the highlight of the evening for many of the Okanagan School of Business students as he discussed their company culture, core
values and social responsibility initiatives.
The ACE students are currently preparing for regional competition at the
end of February in Calgary and national competition at the beginning of
May in Toronto. For more information about ACE contact the President,Andrew Malashewsky
or Faculty Advisor, Dr. Kyleen Myrah
International celebrates Chinese New Year
Okanagan College’s International department hosted a multicultural celebration of the Chinese New Year on Thursday, Feb. 7. The evening event featured performances by the Seven Seas Lion Dancers, Yamabiko Taiko, and student singers, pianists and guitarists. More than 20 international students participated including students from Okanagan College Kelowna, Vernon and UBC Okanagan. A traditional Chinese fashion show also took place as well as a buffet-style dinner.
The College’s partnership with School District 23 resulted in coverage in the Kelowna Daily Courier
: School District teams up with college on care-aide program
and the Kelowna Capital News
: Partnership sends high school kids to college.
An article in the Salmon Arm Observer
profiled the partnership between School District 83 and Okanagan College: Trades programs offered
The Minister of Health’s
announcement of funding for research into Aboriginal programming and an Aboriginal gathering place made the news in the Salmon Arm Observer
: Supporting aboriginal education
, President of the BC College Presidents' Association was interviewed on CBC radio talking about the challenges facing BC colleges. Follow this link
to hear the interview in its entirety. The Okanagan School of Business
was featured in the Okanagan Saturday
for the success of the College’s business competition teams during 2007. Check out Okanagan School of Business: Business Teams have a Banner Year
, “Top Team” BC Business Simulation Competition
and Top 6 Finalist – Queens
A press release about the upcoming Alumni Awards
issued by Public Affairs was picked up in the Salmon Arm Observer
: College sponsoring awards.
and the Penticton Western News: College seeks nominations. Stan Chung’s global citizen column
took on a somber note as Stan wrote about his last visit with his father. Before you follow this link, prepare yourself for tears: Seeing father for the last time
The Penticton campus
of Okanagan College was featured in an article by the Penticton Herald
announcing the campus’s commitment to the second annual Adopt-a-Trail cleanup campaign. Read more in: Creek cleanup set for March 29
A story about the efforts of one of the South Okanagan Community Literacy program’s
volunteers ran in the Oliver Chronicle
. Read about Phoebe Lumsden’s
journal and how it will help other volunteer tutors in the South Okanagan: Literacy volunteer’s journal to benefit South Okanagan
. Dr. Kyleen Myrah
was featured in a piece by the Business Thompson Okanagan
. Myrah’s work in the field of entrepreneurship was highlighted as laying the groundwork for a possible specialization for the School of Business. Read more in the BTO
The Home for Learning
project in Summerland wrapped up on Feb. 1 with a VIP reception. The event received media coverage in the Summerland Review Home project completion celebrated
The general contractor for the project, Homescape Building & Design
, also received media coverage in the Okanagan Sunday
based on the company’s success at the Tommie awards: Seven’s a charm for Homescape Building & Design
. The Business Thompson Okanagan also ran a story about the contractor: Valley firms earn multiple gold Tommies
The Kelowna Home for Learning
general contractor Jim Lamb
of Vintage Design Ltd. was also featured
in the Okanagan Sunday
for his contribution to the award-winning program. Jane Muskens’
School’s In column offered information about career testing: Research required to assess your career options.
Robert Ruf takes on new role
Congratulations to Robert Ruf who became a father on Feb. 2, 2008 after his son Jeremy Charles was born.
The faces of campus health and wellness
The Jan. 18 edition of Inside Okanagan College profiled the expansion of the Campus Health and Wellness program to include nursing staff at each campus. What the article didn’t include was photos of the nurses who are now available as a resource to students.
Penticton ext. 3263
| Barb Lohnes
ext. 2269 (Vernon)
ext. 8230 (Salmon Arm)
| Jean Bryans |
Kelowna ext. 4279
College employees recognized for service
Each year Okanagan College recognizes milestones in employee service to the College at a dinner reception. Staff who meet the milestones (10, 15, 20, 25 years) are brought together in recognition of their achievements. This year’s group of employees who attended the event include: 10 Years:
Barbara Bailey, Blair Baldwin, Dianne Biggar, Olga Bordas, Joanna Campbell, Ruth Chambers, Shelagh Donnelly, Gerry Dyck, Richard English, John Gibbon, Lana Hiscock, Jill Holmes, Susan Kane, Zsuzsanna Kiss, Gord Lacey, Lynda Lays, Alfred Leimert, Max Lowther, Donna McGrath, Beverly McNamara, Cameron McRobb, Hans Nevrkla, Gina Nixon, Eric Paakspuu, Sharon Reems, Gerald Schellenberg, Gayle Thomas15 Years:
Heather Banham, Cindy Battersby, James Bieber, Douglas Birtwistle, Chris
Castanier, Kerry Davie, Gregory Fjetland, Donna-Leigh Goodman, Rick Goulden, Brian Gregory, Norbert Heinzelmann, Frances Jasiura, Glen Jones, Kyoko Jones, Diane Kelly, Leslie Kiehlbauch, Pamela Krieg, Kathleen McLean, Mark McLean, Diana Nordin, Gail Notenboom, Ellen Pedersen, Debra Peterson, Bradley Piontek, Judith Rourke, Howard Soon, Lynn Sparling, Terrence Stewart, Dona Sturmanis, Ross Tyner, Charlene
Richard Appleby, Janet Baron, Alan Cohoe, Nancy Cooper, Alan Duckworth,
Douglas Dyck, Judy Finley, David Harris, Shaunna Kozak, Linda McKinlay, Nancy Noble-Hearle, Donald O'Brien, Sharon Oliver, Wanda Radies, Lianne Rozniak, Richard Shea, Jennifer Sigalet, Maureen Stephens, Dianne Tanner, Janice Ulrich25 Years:
Laura Neame, Harry Van Asseldonk, Grant Willis30 Years:
Carol Avedon-Savage, Lena Fletcher, Benita WorleyRetirees:
Milvi Berg, Alida Boyd, Trevor Braem, Alex Dingwall, Nicholas Gammer, Hazel Hiebert, James Herron, Allan Hill, Mary Ellen Holland, Rose Marie Jupp, Colin Lacey, Judith Libbrecht, Elizabeth Lycar, Christine McMillan, Ronald Mohr, David Pannell, Sherry Price, Dale Urquhart, Lynn Van Montfoort, Shirley Yusep, Robert Willox, Henry Mainemer
To view photos of those employees who were in attendance at the recognition ceremony, follow this link
to a photo gallery.
College professors present research at American Geophysical UnionDr. Leif Burge
(Geography and Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Dr. Norman Corbett
(Math) presented a poster at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting in San Francisco in Dec. 2007. The conference was attended by 15,000 delegates with expertise in such varying fields as climate change, oceanography, seismology, planetary science, and hydrology. The presentation described research into the structure of riverbeds. Specifically, Dr. Corbett and Dr. Burge have been applying techniques used for signal processing (Fourier and wavelet analysis) to river profiles for the first time. Entitled “the structure of step-pool mountain streams through wavelet analysis,” the research was supported through the Okanagan College grants-in-aid and professional development funds. In addition, they’ve started the Okanagan College Data Analysis Group (OCDAG) to involve students in scientific research. Ryan Morgan
and Zoe Masters
, both second year science students, collected data from Mission Creek last summer to investigate the creek’s stability. The Mission Creek research will continue this summer.
Judy Libbrecht Retirement Celebration!
Join staff and friends to celebrate Judy Libbrecht’s 21 years of service to Okanagan College at a lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 11:45 a.m. at Infusions in Kelowna. Judy has worked for the college for 21 years in the Office Administration program – now it is time for Judy to enjoy life on the green!
College staff continue to LERN
Congratulations go out to Val Banks
and Nancy Ankerstein
on their recent (and successful) completion of the Certified Program Planner course through LERN. Val is the latest of a growing number of
Continuing Studies staff who have achieved their LERN designation. Nancy is the first person in Trades and Apprenticeship to become certified. Congratulations to both!
Marian Fazan 1936-2008Marian Fazan
, a longtime employee of Okanagan College, passed away on Feb. 2, 2008. Marian joined Okanagan College in 1970 where she worked as a program administrator with Continuing Studies in Salmon Arm. Marian retired in 1996. In respect of Marian’s wishes, no formal service was held – donations to the SPCA may be made in lieu of flowers.
Diana Nordin retires to warmer climates
Come and celebrate Diana Nordin’s
retirement at an afternoon reception at Infusions in Kelowna on Wednesday, March 5. The event begins at 3 p.m. – appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be open. Diana’s colleagues and friends wish her well in her retirement and as she starts a new chapter in Bermuda.
Welcome to Kim Snyder
Okanagan College welcomes Kim Snyder to the position of Scheduling Clerk within the Office of the Registrar. Kim will be working on the timetabling and final exam scheduling and can be reached at local 4625 in Kelowna.