Alumni celebrated at awards ceremony
Two teams also earned special recognition at the event: world curling champions Team Scott, comprised of three alumni (Kelly Scott, Jeanna Schraeder, and Renee Simons, joined by a now-honourary alumna Sasha Carter) and Team Inukshuk Sound, which was the winner of the 43rd annual International Collegiate Business strategy Competition in San Diego last April. The team is comprised of BBA and BuAD students Arend Hoekstra (who wasn't able to attend the banquet), Jane Long, Janta Quigley, and Arluene King.
Alumni continue to achieveRobert Louie, Chief of the Westbank First Nation and winner of the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award was in Rideau Hall this morning being given a new honour - he is now an Officer of the Order of Canada. Louie was recognized on the occasion of the 100th investiture of the Order of Canada. Read more about Louie's achievement on the Government of Canada's website.
Home for Learning open houseOkanagan College's Kelowna Home for Learning will open its doors later this afternoon to VIPs to mark the completion of the home. The 2,317 square foot home in the Village of Kettle Valley was built by 11 residential construction students with the instruction of Ken Radelet and under the leadership of general contractor Jim Lamb of Vintage Design Ltd. On Saturday Oct. 27 from 11 - 4 p.m. the home will be open for viewing by the general public. Located at 5476 South Perimeter Way, the home is now on the market.
TTTe students have a bright futureOn Oct. 15 Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan signed a letter of understanding that was five years in the making. The agreement signed by Andrew Hay and UBC-O's Gwen Zilm, Associate Vice President of Learning Services, will ensure Okanagan College's Trades Technology Teacher Education (TTTE) students will be able to transfer easily to UBC-O's Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). Visit the media section to read coverage of the event or go to UBC Okanagan's Welcome page to read the full story.
Construction in Kelowna ready to go after Aboriginal blessingIn anticipation of the construction that will begin on the new Centre for Learning in Kelowna, a group of elders from the Westbank First Nation were invited to bless the site in a traditional aboriginal smudging ceremony. Sharon Lindley performed the smudging with support from her parents.
Aviation Career DayVernon's aerospace campus hosted an Aviation Career Day last week geared toward informing the public about Okanagan College's Commercial Aviation and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer program. More than 70 people took part in the day's activities learning about the College's programs and viewing a range of aircraft on display. CHBC news took in the event: visit the media section to watch a clip of the action.
First Aid news
Did you know?Okanagan College has trained first aid staff at each campus.
Kelowna 10 (OFA Level 2)
Penticton 3 (OFA Level 1)
Vernon 4 (OFA Level 1)
Salmon Arm 3 (OFA Level 1)
Security personnel are also trained in occupational first aid and seven were trained on AED usage.
What to do if there is a first aid emergency on campusHealth and Safety officer Catherine Williams would like to remind all staff to call first aid in the event of an emergency. When 9-1-1 is called, there is information that the ambulance dispatcher requires. If first aid attendants have assessed the situation they can give the appropriate details and expedite the procedure. At the Kelowna campuses, call local 6699 to report an emergency. Facilities Management coordinates the first aid response on campus and calls 9-1-1. The Facilities Management staff will relay all information to the ambulance dispatcher. At other centers, dial O in the case of an emergency, this will alert first aid and set the 9-1-1 response into motion.
Salmon Arm: bring on the goblinsThanks to the creativity of Taryn Schmidt and Debbie Idzan, Salmon Arm's library is a lot scarier. Taryn and Debbie put together the festive display to show their College spirit...with Halloween just around the corner Kelowna's Landmark office is putting on a potluck and encouraging staff to dress up for the occasion.
The main Kelowna campus is also hosting a United Way Halloween barbecue - another great reason to dress up! Photos from Halloween celebrations around Okanagan College will be featured in the next edition of Inside - send your shots to Christine Ulmer.
Food FlightOn the evening of Oct. 17 the Kelowna campus Pit was transformed into an international culinary experience. Food Flight, traveling the world one bite at a time, was a fantastic event that featured cuisine from around the world. More than 290 visitors took time to sample Japanese, Greek, Indian, English, Aboriginal and Caribbean food. Entertainment was provided by the Fulton Inter-Tribal Drummers and the Yamabiko Taiko Drummers. An interactive presentation from guest speaker Shonu Ghoush focused on how to communicate culturally.
Student housing survey winnersThanks to all of the students who entered the Central Okanagan student housing survey. Two winners were selected to receive prizes for their participation. Congratulations to Shalia Bakker who won an iPod (the grand prize) and Natsumi Matsunaga who received a $75 bookstore gift certificate. In the photo Shalia Bakker receives her prize from Regional Dean Heather Schneider.
Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan signed a letter of understanding providing students in the TTTe program with a guarantee of acceptance of their credential when pursuing further studies at UBC-O. Coverage of the signing appeared in the Kelowna Daily Courier, Educational partnership a first for OC, UBCO, the Kelowna Capital News, College and university join forces to certify shop teachers and CHBC-TV.
A delegation of Okanagan College representatives including President Jim Hamilton as well as a group of Okanagan employers, representatives of the Economic Development Commission and Capital News reporter Adrian Nieoczym were in Jamaica this week to recruit employees and to enhance training partnerships. Jim met with the honourable Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica to discuss further partnerships between the College and Jamaica. Press coverage of the visit included an article by the Jamaica Gleaner When fun means work, a posting on the Caribbean News Net More Jamaicans recruited for jobs in Canada and a CBC radio interview with local employer Martin McDermott, President of Sun Valley Window Cleaners. McDermott traveled to Jamaica to recruit employees for his local business.
An article featuring Okanagan College's growth in the South Okanagan appeared in the Penticton Western News. Read more in Educational advances. A second article also covering the growth and changes taking place in the South appeared in the Oliver Chronicle - Okanagan College welcomes growth and changes. An editorial was published in the Penticton Western News featuring comments from Donna Lomas, College connects with community.
A Public Affairs press release featuring the success of Young Alumni Award winner Corinne Inman was picked up by Castanet. Read more in Okanagan College awards.
In its last edition, Inside Okanagan College featured news of John Lent's new book, co-authored with Robert Kroetsch. Lent and Kroetsch received media coverage by the Kelowna Capital News in New book's focus on "the writing life" and the Vernon Morning Star's Writers share their thoughts on penning fiction.
With Okanagan College's 26th annual Career Fair just around the corner (Sunday, Nov. 4 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Public Affairs worked with CHBC to design a 15-second commercial. Check it out.
Okanagan College's Home for Learning project in Summerland received a feature article in the Summerland Review. Read more about the R2000 home and the students who built it in Students complete home work.
A photo of Regional Dean Donna Lomas with B.C.'s Minister of Small Busienss and Revenue and Okanagan Westside MLA Rick Thorpe appeared in the Penticton Western News as Donna joined Thorpe to pick up recycling items along the Penticton Creek Trail.
Okanagan College's first Aviation Career Day received coverage in the Vernon Morning Star, College puts careers in flight and on CHBC-TV.
A presentation by Farid Novin, senior economist for the Bank of Canada, was held at Okanagan College and received media coverage by the Kelowna Capital News. Read about the outlook for the local economy and interest rates in B.C. still in favourable position.
The Penticton Western News printed an article featuring information about Okanagan College's information sessions for high school students. Read more in Parents play role in student planning.
Read Stan Chung's Daily Courier global citizen column as he writes about growing up on the Prairies in, Prairie boy.
Jane Muskens published two School's In columns in the Kelowna Capital News, University educated are healthier and happier and Insider tips on how to write a university paper.
Shirley Yusep retiresMcCullouch
Station filled with College staff on the evening of Oct. 22 to wish
Shirley Yusep luck in her retirement. More than 60 people attended - a
testament to the impact Shirley has had on her colleagues after 29
years of service to Okanagan College. Shirley received many gifts and
congratulations wishes but the hit of the evening was a memory quilt
that had squares contributed by staff and sewn together by Lana
Linda McKinlay receives honourOn Oct. 17 Linda McKinlay
received an award from the First Call, BC Child and Youth Advocacy
Forum for her contribution to families, children and her community. The
Stand Up, Stand Out for Children and Youth
award, was presented to Linda at a ceremony held in Vancouver. Linda
was one of 21 recipients ranging from MLAs to School Trustees to
agencies and individuals.
International staff present at conference for international educatorsMichelle Somerville and Quentin Hughson
(International Education) co-presented a workshop with Michele Miller
(Portland State University) at the recent NAFSA Region 1 Conference in
Vancouver. (NAFSA is the United States Association of International
Educators, Region 1 includes Alaska, Washington state, Idaho, Oregon
and British Columbia.) First Steps, Lasting Impressions
examined international student support at Portland State University and
at Okanagan College in order to achieve a better understanding of
Garth Maguire shares insight into lifestyle migrantsGarth
Maguire, a Business Instructor in Okanagan College’s School Of Business
at the Kalamalka Campus, was invited to be a key participant in a
one-day dialogue and workshop on the phenomenon of ‘lifestyle migrants’
at Simon Fraser’s Morris J. Wosk Center last August. The workshop was
designed to investigate potential effects of lifestyle migrants on BC’s
coastal and rural communities, and to attempt to imagine a way of
managing some of the outcomes of what SFU researchers consider ‘an
accelerating trend.’ Garth has been studying trends in gerontology for
years and has consulted in that field and in the long-term planning
affected by that field.
October 26, 2007, Vol. 1 Issue 15
Networking opportunity for Women in TradesAn information session for Women in Trades will take place on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in room H101 of the Kelowna campus. The Women in Trades event will be held for women who are working in the trades or considering a career in the field. Participants will learn about a new provincial initiative leading the way for women working in the trades. This social event will be an opportunity for women to learn about a mentorship program, employment opportunities and meet other women with common interests and experience.
Okanagan College policies updateUpdated versions of the recently approved Tuition Waiver for Employees policy as well as some other recently approved policies are now available online.
Employees to be recognized for service Okanagan College's annual employee recognition ceremony
will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at the
Kelowna campus. Employees reaching career milestones will be honoured at
the event. Questions about the ceremony can be emailed to Liz Plamondon.