Librarians win national award
The librarians of Okanagan College are the winners of the 2011 Innovation Achievement Award, as judged by the Community & Technical College Libraries (CTCL) section of the Canadian Library Association (CLA).
The award is being given for Course Integrated Library Research Instruction (CILRI), a joint initiative of the Library and the English department. CILRI promotes the development of information literacy and critical thinking skills among Okanagan College students by incorporating librarian-delivered research instruction into all first-year English classes.
In announcing the award, CTCL referred to CILRI as “an excellent example of librarian-led, multi-campus collaboration with faculty in an academic school.”
For more information, see the CLA press release
College launches sustainability blog
Interested in the new living building in Penticton? Want to read about diversity-related events on campus? Want to connect your students with sustainability-focused field trips?
Everything sustainability is now being collected in one virtual place, our dynamic Sustainability Blog: okanagan.bc.ca/sustainability
You can also access the blog from the Okanagan College homepage, under Quicklinks. Bookmark the site so you can browse through the amazing projects Okanagan College is undertaking, and catch up on the latest sustainability news. If you sign up on the blog homepage to receive updates by email, the blog will be delivered to your inbox as well.
There is an evolving list of writers for this blog, from across the College campuses. If you are engaged in sustainable practices and would like to become a blog writer, please email Arnica Rowan
to sign up for a training session.
TEDxOkanaganCollege presents Beyond Sustainability
On June 25 Okanagan College will host the first TEDx event ever offered outside of the lower mainland. The theme of the one-day event is Beyond Sustainability and it will feature a series of presentations from 18 renowned speakers, educators, entrepreneurs and activists. The event is being organized by Okanagan College Board of Governors member Brian Hughes. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, seeks to bring people together to share ideas in a not-for-profit arena.
A few of the confirmed speakers for TEDxOkanaganCollege are: Jeannette Armstrong, Douglas MacLeod, Robert Parlane, Stephen Joyce, Andrew Hay, Merle Kindred, Emily Chartrand and Allan Ilicic.
There are 100 tickets available to TEDxOkanaganCollege – tickets will be available next week and participants will be selected from a pool of applicants based on their biography and information about how they plan on using the knowledge they acquire at the event and apply it in their own lives.
To read the complete list of speakers or find out more about TEDxOkanaganCollege and how you can become involved, go online to www.tedxokanagancollege.com
Register now for Connections 2011
Registration is now open for Connections 2011 - choose to attend one of two days – Tuesday, Aug. 23 or Wednesday, Aug. 24. Hop on the bus at your home campus and join friends and colleagues at the new Centre of Excellence on the Penticton campus. Registration details including transportation times, learning session options, and the day's schedule can be found online
The organizing committee looks forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please contact Kaya
Okanagan College goes mobile
Okanagan College has released an official app for iOS (iPhone/i/Pads) and Android devices. The new app features include: College news, grades and class schedule. New features will be added over time.
To download the app visit the Apple App Store
or Android Market
on your mobile device and search for Okanagan College.
Thorpes deliver another $5,000 to College-bound students
Two Rick and Yasmin Thorpe & Friends Scholarships were recently awarded to a pair of students from Princess Margaret Secondary. The two $2,500 entrance scholarships were awarded to Desirae Martin and Jenna Prowse - both students achieved an academic standing of more than 75 per cent, demonstrated leadership potential, and contributed to their community through sports, culture, volunteer services or other extracurricular activities.
Desirae plans to enrol in the Bachelor of Business Administration and Jenna intends to enrol in the Associate of Arts Degree and will major in English. Both students will attend Okanagan College at the Penticton campus.
With the awarding of these two scholarships, The Rick and Yasmin Thorpe & Friends scholarships have awarded 25 students with scholarships amounting to $55,000 since 2007.
Innovation Fund: Call for Proposals 2011-12
Okanagan College is currently accepting applications for the 2011-12 Innovation Fund until May 30. Funding is again available for three types of activities: scholarly release (scholarship, research and creative activities), innovative course delivery, and improved student support.
Taken together, these activities allow for innovation and applied research as it relates to a post-secondary institution with a comprehensive College mandate. Employees may apply either individually or as a group and should propose projects that contribute to discipline-based applied research, creative and scholarly work, applied technology, product and process innovation, research or application related to learning and teaching activities in course delivery and innovative student support activities.
The size of the fund is limited – typical requests range from $1,000 – $15,000. This fund is intended for everyone working at Okanagan College – any employee may apply. Please follow this link
to view a pdf with complete details as well as the application form. Please note, all applications are due by May 30.
SIFE brings national awards home
Okanagan College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team returned to the Okanagan this week with three national awards and the well-deserved respect of their peers after making their way to the final round at the prestigious competition – the second time in SIFE Okanagan’s short six-year history.
For the second year in a row SIFE Okanagan won the Campbell’s Soup Let’s Can Hunger competition, which challenges teams to raise awareness around hunger issues as well as collect food for local food banks.
As part of their recognition for winning the hunger challenge, Campbell’s Canada invited SIFE Okanagan to tour the company headquarters in Toronto, where the students had the opportunity to witness the soup giant’s manufacturing operations in addition to meeting their marketing team.
In addition to winning the Campbell’s challenge, SIFE Okanagan went head-to-head with 45 of Canada’s top post-secondary institutions, making its way to the final round of the national competition, which charges teams with making sophisticated presentations on the projects they have undertaken over the course of the year. SIFE Okanagan finished in the top five after their final presentation.
The SIFE Okanagan Entrepreneurship team finished second in the country, placing ahead of Ryerson University, University of Toronto, St. Francis Xavier University and others, finishing behind Memorial University, who went on to win the national competition.
In Financial Literacy, the team finished in the top six in the nation.
SIFE Okanagan Business Advisory Board member Sheldon Gardiner won a national award for his role in mentoring students, for acting as an ambassador of the program and for his guidance in developing Venture Okanagan. In addition to his role on SIFE Okanagan’s advisory board, Gardiner set up a scholarship award for SIFE – the inaugural award was presented to SIFE Okanagan President Sattu Dhaliwal.
It wasn’t all work and no play for SIFE. After the competition wrapped up the team took in a Blue Jays baseball game among other activities in Toronto. To read more about the competition, follow this link to the press release
Shuswap hosts science and technology info sessions
On Wednesday, May 18 students in Grades 10 – 12 attended workshops throughout the day at the Salmon Arm campus where they had the chance to interact with College faculty from the sciences and engineering technologies.
The students also interacted with local industry professionals from organizations such as the RCMP, City of Salmon Arm, Valid Manufacturing, Shuswap Lake General Hospital and Mill Tech Industries. They took part in interactive activities aimed at creating awareness around Okanagan College programs as a starting point towards real careers in the sciences.
Topics included Mechanical Engineering, Water Quality and the Environment, The Chemistry of Nutrition, Biology and Forensics, and Pure Sciences. At the end of the day the faculty and professionals formed a panel where they fielded questions from the participants.
Throughout the course of the day, 85 students from SD 83 and 19 attended the event, representing schools in Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Sicamous and Revelstoke.
Lethbridge presents paper in Montreal
The North American Sartre Society held a conference at the end of April at the Universite du Quebec at Montreal. Several dozen scholars from Canada, England, Europe, and the USA presented papers on every aspect of the work of French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.
David Lethbridge of the Psychology department at the Salmon Arm campus had the opportunity to represent Okanagan College and delivered a presentation entitled Praxis and the Objective Ideal in Sartre and Ilyenkov. Lethbridge’s paper was very well received and will be published in the Sartre Studies International journal.
More kudos for Strange Fruit
Communications professor Marc Arellano can add another accolade to the growing praise for his short documentary Strange Fruit: A Changing Landscape in the Central Okanagan. Marc recently received confirmation that his doc was selected as a finalist award winner at the 2011 Las Vegas Film Festival.
Marc was told the "judges felt that your film demonstrated superior and standout filmmaking and is deserving of special recognition. Your film was among the best of over 1,000 films submitted from over 30 countries around the world."
Anyone wishing to purchase a copy of Strange Fruit can do so at the Okanagan College Campus Store.
MacGregor recognized for volunteerism
Salmon Arm campus Library staff Star MacGregor was recently recognized for her exemplary dedication to the 4-H program in her region.
Initiated to recognize volunteerism during the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer, the 2010 Co-operators/4-H National volunteer Leader of the Year Award features 10 provincial winners.
Star was awarded a certificate of recognition, a cash prize and a beautiful 4-H pen set. Though she was formally recognized for her work in 2010, Star has been a very active part in the local 4-H club for many years and is a member of the Board for the Salmon Arm & Shuswap Lake Agricultural Association – the body responsible for the very popular Salmon Arm Fall Fair.
Whibley family welcomes Lucas
Congratulations to IT Services’ Rick Whibley, his wife Christina and two-year-old daughter Kaitlyn on the birth of Lucas Whibley on Monday, May 9.