Salmon Arm campus, community, opens Aboriginal Gathering Place
The Salmon Arm campus welcomed community partners, staff and students to the opening of the new Aboriginal Gathering Place earlier this month.
The Gathering Place will offer study space for students at the Salmon Arm campus and marks the completion of the development of dedicated space for Aboriginal students at each of Okanagan College’s four campuses.
The event provided an opportunity for community and cultural partners of Okanagan College to remark on the importance of increased access for learners in the region.
Puck to drop at Okanagan College
President Jim Hamilton met with directors of the Okanagan Crusaders Hockey Association to sign the agreement that will include Okanagan College in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL).
The BCIHL is a full contact competitive hockey league comparable to Junior “B” level of play. All BCIHL games are refereed, recognized and governed (rules enforced) by the BC Amateur Hockey Association.
Geert Maas sculpture unveiled at Vernon Campus
Okanagan College celebrated the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Okanagan College and Kyoto Tachibana University in Japan at a media event last week. The event included the unveiling of a sculpture, which was commissioned to commemorate the occasion.
The sculpture, entitled “Destiny,” was designed by Geert Maas and will remain at the Kalamalka campus. An identical sculpture will be unveiled on Oct. 24 at Kyoto Tachibana University in Japan, by Chairman Yutaka Umemoto, when President Hamilton visits the institution later this fall.
NTEN students benefit from Jordy Koenig TELUS Scholarship
Each of the recipients is a returning second-year student, enrolled in full-time studies.
Your feedback is important to us - whether you were able to attend or not, please take a few minutes to fill out a very quick online survey or feel free to contact Kaya with any comments, suggestions, or recommendations for making next year's event even better.
Regier brothers named finalists in Business Excellence Awards
The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce announced its finalists for the Business Excellence Awards this week. Among those named were Okanagan College alumni Todd and Mark Regier.
The Regiers will be honoured by Okanagan College on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the 2009 Alumni Awards. Launi Skinner, COO and President of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will also be honoured at the event with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Tickets are now on sale for the dinner reception and can be purchased through Kat Hay (early bird prices in effect until Sept. 30).
Celebrate Phil Beckmann’s retirement
September 15, 2009 Vol. 3 Issue 11
IT Services System Maintenance Schedule
A number of hardware and software upgrades are planned over the next few weeks that will result in some services being unavailable during the maintenance period. Some of the planned sessions are to implement vendor-supplied changes to resolve specific problems; others are to provide additional functionality. While IT Services strives to minimize the impact on students, faculty and staff, some service interruption is unavoidable.
IT Services apologizes for any inconvenience caused by these maintenance sessions.
Library Website Revision
As the result of a usability study conducted by the Library last winter and a review of the site by Okanagan College’s Student Connections, the Library substantially revised its website over the summer. Changes include a less cluttered home page, more user-friendly terminology, and more precise subject access to online research resources.
One consequence of the revisions is that some pages do not display in Internet Explorer version 6. It is recommended that employees update the browsers on their computers to Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 3.5. (If you choose to install Internet Explorer 8 you may need to reduce the security settings). All student-use computers at Okanagan College have already been updated.
For more information about the website or the usability study, contact Ross Tyner, Web Services Librarian (Kelowna campus, Local 4660). If you need assistance with upgrading your browser or changing security settings please contact the IT Service Help desk, Local 4444.
Fitness Schedule at Kelowna Campus now available
Bobby Gidda in Accounts Payable will be taking a four-month leave of absence from October to January. He will be replaced by new auxiliary employee, Kristine Ritchie, who will be handling the M-Z invoices in his absence.
Oct. 5 marks the start of the 2009 Canada Savings Bond Campaign. Please stay tuned to Inside Okanagan College for additional information on how you can purchase your bonds. Bonds are only on sale during the month of October so don’t delay in making a decision! If you have existing bonds, this will be your opportunity to increase your purchase amount or make other changes. Decreases can be made any time throughout the year either online or via payroll.
Student study space in Centre for Learning
Staff are encouraged to share the following information with students at the Kelowna campus who may be interested in booking study space in the new Centre for Learning.
Students can book study and meeting spaces in the new building by going to the Ed Tech Center (E217) or phoning 250 762 5445 local 4844. They must leave their Okanagan College Student ID card in exchange for a key to the door. The maximum booking is two hours between 8 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Once student IT Monitors have been hired, the rooms will be available for booking during the evenings and weekends. There is also an open study space on the third floor –E 311, which can be used by students at any time and does not have to be booked.
Adult Education Series offered at Vernon Campus
Continuing Studies in Vernon is offering a three-part series specifically designed with the adult learner in mind. The series was developed to provide teachers with proven techniques for preparing, conducting and improving your class and will be facilitated by Bruce Mol, M.Ed.
Understanding the Adult Learner
Effective Course Design
Managing the Adult Learning Environment
Contact Continuing Studies in Vernon for more information or to register.
Fall Putting Classic to return
The Kelowna campus of Okanagan College will host its annual Fall Classic Putting Competition on Monday, Sept. 21. This year’s theme will celebrate the diversity of Okanagan College Departments so get a partner and a team name and represent your department (or someone else’s) with flair. The event will be held in the courtyard, contact Angie March for details or to register.
Fourth Annual Continuing Studies Instructor Retreat
Okanagan College Continuing Studies instructors from Revelstoke to Oliver (and everywhere in between) are encouraged to mark their calendars to attend the fourth annual retreat on Oct. 17, 2009.
Presenters will include Mike Minions, Stan Chung, Michael Douglas and more. You don’t want to miss this great event. Watch Inside Okanagan College for the full schedule and registration information.
50/50 winner announcedCongratulations to Steve Robinson Sr. from Facilities Management in Kelowna who won last week's payday draw for $512.50. 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 or online.
The opening of the Aboriginal Gathering Place in Salmon Arm was covered by the Salmon Arm Observer. Read more in: Centre enhances Aboriginal learning.
The opening of the Okanagan Research and Innovation Centre, which will be located in the new Centre of Excellence at the Penticton campus, was announced in the Okanagan Saturday. Read more in: Business incubator launched.
In an article for the Capital News, Okanagan College’s Director of Public Affairs, Allan Coyle, outlined the importance of post-secondary education as an investment in the economic future of the province. Read more in: Education an investment in our future.
Allan Coyle, Okanagan College’s Director of Public Affairs, and UBCO’s Deputy Vice-chancellor were interviewed after the provincial budget was announced. Read more in: University evades budget hit.
In her weekly column for the Capital News, Okanagan College’s Interim Registrar, Jane Muskens, focused on how classes and programs are developed within post-secondary institutions, the various bodies that make such decisions, and the impact those decisions have, both inside and outside the academic environment. Read more in: New courses must pass under status quo microscope.
Norm Letnick, MLA Okanagan-Mission wrote about the implications of the provincial budget, both for post-secondary education and for the individual, in his report published in the Capital News. Read more in: Provincial budget meets the challenges set by our economy.
Okanagan College’s Elvia Picco had an article published in Beyond 50 magazine. Read more in: Rediscovering your language skills.
Stan Chung, Associate Dean of Arts and Foundational, was the keynote speaker at World Suicide Prevention Day. Read more about it on Kelowna.com.
The signing of an agreement which will see the development of an Okanagan College hockey team, the Crusaders, drew interest from the local media. Check out a video on Kelowna.com or read the Daily Courier brief.
The baseball season is underway again for Okanagan College’s team. Read more about the players and coaches and their plans for this year in: Full roster for OC baseball.
Stan Chung marks World Suicide Prevention Day in his column, Suicide is not what you think, with a personal look at the impact suicide has on the lives of friends and family.
Okanagan College alumni Todd and Mark Regier (collision repair and business administration) were announced as finalists for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs of the Year award. The awards will be presented at a banquet on October 21. Read more in: Business excellence finalists announced.
The YM/YWCA of the Central Okanagan, which runs the Little Scholars Daycare, was featured in an article about an employee's eyebrow piercing. Read more in: Workplace order a stab in back.
Okanagan College’s Stan Chung provided the keynote speech following a walk marking World Suicide Prevention Day, held in downtown Kelowna on Sept. 12. Details of the walk, and statistics on suicide can be found in: Walk set to support suicide prevention.
Provincial Minister of State for Climate Action, John Yap, made a stop at Okanagan College’s new Centre for Learning, while on a tour of the area’s green buildings and facilities. Read more in: Green initiatives impress provincial minister.