Minister of Forests visits Okanagan College
On Tuesday, July 8 the honourable Pat Bell
, Minister of Forests, visited the carpentry shop at the KLO campus to deliver a message about the value and environmental benefits of using wood products. Bell’s slogan, “Tackle Climate Change – Use Wood” was echoed by one of Okanagan College’s first year carpentry apprentices, Casey King.
Casey caught the eye of the Minister when she appeared at the press conference wearing a t-shirt with the message: Wood is Good. After delivering an address about the value of wood’s carbon-storing abilities and positive impact on climate change, Bell talked with Okanagan College students and watched demonstrations about the value of wood. Visit the media section to read more about Bell’s message to carpentry students.
Live or Die?
Third-year Okanagan College BBA student Caleb Campbell
is on a mission this summer, and it’s not your typical “learn more about the business world” type of summer job. No, his mission is more specific than that. He wants to kill off the mustache-wearing ranger in the Kokanee beer commercials.
In fact, you might want to characterize Caleb as kind of a marketing hitman: he’s being paid by Kokanee to be the spokesperson for the Sasquatch (the other central, recurring character in Kokanee’s advertising) because - as Caleb recently told the media - the Sasquatch can’t speak for himself.
How’s he doing? Apparently, fairly well, despite only having been at work for about a week now. Coming from a position where voting to keep the ranger alive was ahead by 50,000 votes, the margin has now been narrowed to around 18,000, Caleb reports. Part of the reason could be that he’s taking the job seriously, staying in character through the many media interviews he’s undertaken.
“There are several reasons he must die,” says Caleb. “He’s pretty old, he’s doing an inadequate job of protecting the Kokanee. He’s outdated and incompetent.” Here’s what the official “rangerliveordie.ca
” page says about the choice of Caleb as a spokesperson for Sasquatch:“With an elaborate and funny video submission, Caleb clearly demonstrated that he has the passion and wherewithal to lead Sasquatch’s campaign. As a university student and stand-up comic, he has both the smarts and cleverness to help Sasquatch defeat the Ranger. He’ll be rallying support for Sasquatch as he travels across Western Canada over the next two months.”
If you want to view for yourself, and see the hype that a beer company can create around a character in a commercial, visit the www.rangerliveordie.ca
page. Caleb is hoping you’ll take the time to vote the right way. You can also visit Caleb's Facebook page
Title change for Steve Koehle
President Jim Hamilton announced today that Steve Koehle’s
position title has been changed from Vice President, Integrated Planning and Operations
to Vice President, Students
. This change reflects Okanagan College’s emerging central focus and will not result in changes to reporting relationships or duties.
Steve’s previous title addressed the need, before and immediately following the transition, for our planning process to be developed and refined. These processes are now in place and planning responsibilities are more broadly dispersed. The new position title reflects the reality of the work for which Steve is responsible.
Juan Du Toit presents to the United Nations
| Juan Du Toit (left) presents |
to the UN with colleagues.
An international study opportunity for one Okanagan School of Business student resulted in an opportunity to present his ideas to members of the United Nations. Juan Du Toit
participated in a student exchange in the Netherlands, where he focused his studies on International Business Management. After completing his studies he found work at Business Tales, a corporate video production and media consulting firm. During his work term Du Toit conducted research into Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), accompanying his director on a research mission to China.
After making connections in China, Du Toit was asked to prepare a presentation about a TVET website – given the working name of TVETipedia – a web portal that would function similarly to a Wiki, enabling the collaboration and sharing of knowledge on the topic of TVET for member states of UNESCO-UNEVOC. After a successful presentation TVETipedia is currently under development and Du Toit is furthering his knowledge of information communication technology.
Still time to register for Connections 2008
Staff still have time left to register for Connections 2008. The third-annual employee learning conference will take place in Kelowna on both Aug. 26 and 27. Staff have their choice of which day they would like to attend and should check with their department to ensure everyone can attend. Follow this link
to read about the available workshops and register for the conference.
A visit to Okanagan College from Pat Bell
, Minister of Forests, resulted in coverage in the Kelowna Capital News
: New marketing campaign aims to revive forestry
, the Kelowna Daily Courier
: Wood has role in reducing climate change
, and CBC Radio
: Listen to president Jim Hamilton
respond to questions from a CBC reporter.
Three Okanagan College students who received the Jordy Koenig TELUS Scholarship
were featured in the Kelowna Capital News
: Money goes where it’s needed
, the Okanagan Saturday
: OK College student rings up large Telus scholarship,
and the Penticton Western News
: Scholarship gives grads financial boost
. Each of these stories was generated out of a press release issued by Public Affairs – read the release here
Okanagan School of Business student Caleb Campbell
caused a stir in the media when he was chosen to manage the campaign of Kokanee beer’s Sasquatch. Read about Caleb’s new pr role in the Kelowna Capital News
: Kill the ranger says Kelowna man
and the Kelowna Daily Courier
: Student lands job as monster’s mouthpiece.
A Public Affairs press release
about a new partnership between Okanagan College, the College of the Rockies and Selkirk College was picked up in the Penticton Herald: 3 colleges to integrate programs, services
, the Vernon Morning Star
: Colleges pooling forces
and the Kelowna Capital News
: Colleges to work together to offer education.
Okanagan College German professor Olga Osipova
was featured in an article in the Kelowna Capital News
promoting her July 15 CD release for Velvet & Lace
. Read more about Olga’s love for music and language in: Musical talents rise to the surface for Russian linguist. Stan Chung’s Global Citizen
column delved into Stan’s experience as a participant at the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Read more in: Field trip of a lifetime.
The Kelowna 2008 BC Summer Games
will commence on Thursday, July 24 with the final lighting of the original BC Games torch. The torch was designed by an Okanagan College Fine Arts student and built by welding students in 1981. Read more about the 26-year lifespan of the torch in the Kelowna Capital News
: Torch to go out one last time.
The death of Okanagan College’s Joanne Schick
resulted in a feature article in the Penticton Herald
. Read more about the contributions made by Joanne and the lasting impact of her life in: Fighter mourned.
The Home for Learning
program received coverage in the Kelowna Daily Courier: College students to build day care
as well as in the Penticton Herald: Getting a jump on careers.
Three finalists for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in B.C. Writing and Publishing
have now been named. Read more about the finalists in the Vernon Morning Star
: Ryga Award judges name finalists
and the Summerland Review
: Books short-listed for George Ryga Award.
Okanagan College Honorary Fellow Ross Gorman
was photographed in the Kelowna Daily Courier
after receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship for community philanthropy. Read more in: Gorman Bros receives Paul Harris Fellowship
. Jane Muskens
shared tips on how students can help others and themselves by selling their used books as well as assisting parents on how they can play a positive role in their children’s post-secondary experience. Read Jane’s School’s In
columns: Help yourself, help others; sell old text books
and Parents can play part in child’s post-secondary education.