This week saw staff from up and down the Valley attend two days of Connections 2008, an employee learning symposia hosted at the Kelowna campus. Each of the daylong sessions began with a video production and comments from Jim Hamilton
. Staff had the opportunity to get creative with a postering activity before attending a variety of staff and faculty-led workshops. A social event concluded both days, which were capped off by a musical performance from a quartet of talented Okanagan College staff: John Lent, Arch Doody, Tom Esson and Dave Harris
“Starting off the new year with Connections was fantastic,” said Chair of the organizing team, Kaya Forest
. “The seminars were very well received and served to highlight the tremendous talent that exists within our staff. The key function of this event, in my mind, has been achieved – participants had a unique opportunity to network and socialize. The feedback I have received so far has stressed this aspect – that people appreciate the opportunity to gather as a community and to learn from each other. It was really inspiring to review what we have accomplished over the past year and energizing as we look
forward to the new school year. Thanks to everyone who participated.”
If you missed Connections 2008 follow this link to watch the event
including Jim’s speech, footage from the day and the musical performance. To view the video that was presented at the beginning of Connections, follow this link
. A slideshow of photos
from the two days is also available online. Many thanks to organizers, and staff and faculty who made the event so great. Feedback about Connections can be sent to Kaya Forest.
College Wide Goals
During his address to staff at Connections 2008 Jim Hamilton
outlined the outcomes of the College Wide Goals process, which began early this year with input from staff. The drafting of College Wide Goals stemmed from the need to focus the intentionally general nature of Okanagan College’s Key Directions to assist the College and influence planning and budget processes. To find out more about the College Wide Goals, view an example of a specific goal and review the Key Directions, follow this link
. Watch Inside Okanagan College for more information about the College Wide Goals as the College moves further into budgeting and planning processes.
Jamaican Minister holds press conference at College
The honourable Pearnel Charles
, Minister of Labour and Social Security from Jamaica, was at the Kelowna campus on Monday, Aug. 25 to announce new initiatives affecting Okanagan College and its students. Minister Charles addressed members of the media and Okanagan College staff affirming the importance of the strong relationships built between Okanagan College and the Caribbean. He went on to announce a rotating loan program that will see the Jamaican government provide $200,000 in financial aid for Jamaican students attending Okanagan College.
Minister Charles also announced the delivery of Okanagan College’s Practical Nursing curriculum to Jamaican students attending Jamaican post-secondary institutions. One of Okanagan College’s international students, Dudley Reid
, who is currently enrolled in the collision repair refresher pilot program also spoke. For full details of the press conference read the Public Affairs press release, watch a video from CHBC
or visit the media section to read coverage from the event.
College signs on to play ball
kanagan College signed an agreement with the Kelowna Baseball Society
to participate in the fall exhibition season of the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC). The College will also participate in the regular spring season of 2009. Other teams in the conference include those from Thompson Rivers University, the University of Calgary, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver Island University and the Prairie Baseball Academy (with players from the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge Community College). Watch Inside Okanagan College for a schedule of upcoming games.
Castanet launches housing site for students
Castanet partnered with Okanagan College to address the growing need of affordable housing options for students in the Valley. Castanet is setting up a link on its website www.castanet.net
specifically for students. Landlords and anyone with accommodation for rent are encouraged to visit the site to post their listing. For more information watch a clip from CHBC-TV
Digital Media Production continues to grow
The Educational Technology department
has been slowly building the capacity to do interesting things with digital media at Okanagan College. The first step was to make video, audio and photography equipment available for faculty loan at all four campuses. Next the department started to acquire the necessary tools for various forms of digitization, duplication and original production.
Now they've added a full-time Media Production Technician to assist faculty and staff with their educational media projects. Karen Tessier
is a graduate of a unique program at Capilano College that trained media technicians specifically for support roles in educational institutions. For 10 years she provided that support to teachers and administrators in the Coquitlam School District. Moving to Kelowna, she did some freelance media work for OUC while pursuing a BFA which she will complete this fall.
As part of IT Services based at KLO campus her current project list includes DVD duplication, VHS to DVD conversion, audio cassette digitization, converting 35mm slides for use in PowerPoint, digital photography, digital video recording and editing, maintaining media production loan equipment and providing training in its use. Please feel free to contact Karen directly for assistance with any curriculum-based media projects. (see photo of Karen)
Coffee break with Prestige Collision alumni
Staff from Okanagan College had the opportunity to enjoy coffee with several Okanagan College alumni who are currently working at Prestige Collision in Kelowna. Alumni Todd Regier
(Collision Repair & Paint) and his brother Mark Regier
(Business Administration) hosted the Okanagan College Works visit on Aug. 20. Todd and Mark have successfully co-owned the collision repair operation for five years and currently employ seven Okanagan College alumni. Kathy Butler
, Marlis Wecels
, and John Perrott
of the Alumni Association attended their worksite (which was recently relocated into a larger space on Kirschner Road) to recognize and congratulate the Regier brothers on their impressive success and support of fellow Okanagan College alumni.
The Kelowna Daily Courier covered Okanagan College’s press conference with Jamaica’s Minister of Labour, Pearnel Charles
. Read about the growing relationship in: Okanagan-Jamaica partnership expands
. The Kelowna Capital News also provided coverage of the event with the article: Labour agreement a success for Okanagan College
. CHBC-TV also covered the story – follow this link
to watch the video. Read the Prince George Citizen’s coverage: Jamaicans helping fill trades sector shortage
and Jamaican Labour Minister Here
, and Jamaicans a no risk investment.
Okanagan College’s Practical Nursing
convocation in Kelowna received coverage from the Kelowna Daily Courier. Read about the bright futures of our graduates in: New nursing grads in high demand.
As was mentioned in the news section, business student and Sasquatch spokesperson Caleb Campbell
won the battle against the Kokanee Beer Ranger in the live-or-die online voting contest. Read more about the Ranger’s fate and Caleb’s triumph in the Kelowna Capital News: Kelowna beer drinker helps put the Kokanee ranger to rest.
Communications professor Marc Arellano
was featured in the Vernon Morning Star in an article about his eight-minute film, Kanadean. Marc’s film was screened this week in Montreal at the World Film Festival. Read more in: Teacher’s film headed for Montreal.
Okanagan School of Business professor Shelly Johnson
was profiled for a feature in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s special After the Fire Anniversary edition. Read about Shelly’s experience in: Should we stay or should we go?
A press release from Public Affairs about a new student housing link on Castanet.net resulted in coverage from CHBC-TV. Check out the housing crunch in Kelowna by following this link
Business professor and city councilor Norm Letnick
was photographed in the Kelowna Daily Courier as he visited the TELUS Tour for the Cure display in Orchard Park Mall. Find out more about the initiative in: Tour urges women to get mammograms.
Another Okanagan School of Business professor received media coverage for a new survey targeting employee satisfaction. Michael Orwick
will gather information about the factors that affect employees and their result on employee motivation. Read more about Michael’s survey in: Business survey intends to help inform employers.
An Okanagan College ECE
student appeared in the Good Deeds section of the Kelowna Daily Courier for the work she did on behalf of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. Read about Desjardins Miller
and how she received a Future Shop Future Leaders Scholarship.
OUC alumnus, Rob Rintoul
(BBA 2005) was recognized in the pages of the Vernon Morning Star after successfully completing his CA exam. Read more about Rob in: Rintoul passes CA exam. Jane Muskens
was back from vacation and back to her weekly column, School’s In. Read two new entries into Jane’s post-secondary column: Important for institutions to know their student base
and Variety of stakeholders complicates budget spending.
Global Citizen column tackled the ever present issue of exhaustion. Read about Stan’s struggle with fatigue, his daily journal entries tracking his lethargy and his hope for a future without tiredness in: Tired of being tired.
Alix Hawley publishes collected works
Okanagan College English professor Alix Hawley will launch her book of short fiction, The Old Familiar, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12 at Infusions in Kelowna. Alix’s book is published by Thistledown Press: www.thistledownpress.com.
“Alternating between controlled pathos and wicked wit, Alix Hawley’s stories refuse predictability, such as in “Romance,” when a young man, employed for the summer by a wealthy family, finds that he and his first-time lover have different sexual motivations, an in “They Call Her Lovely Rita,” in which a man goes in search of a wife he is sure he absentmindedly misplaced somewhere. Hawley also challenges the conjectures of beauty, revealing that a pristine surface does not secure a happy ending.
“Deadly and sharp, tightly written, this collection will surprise even readers familiar with the crust undersides of middle-class lives, and the bizarre obsessions that harbour there.”
Len Bidwell Retires
Len Bidwell from Print Services in Kelowna is retiring after 30 years with Okanagan College. Len’s knowledge and expertise will be sorely missed by all of his colleagues and those who rely on him to make their work look great. Len has various retirement plans (which include landscaping) once he no longer has to hop the fence and come to work in the Library building.
A retirement party will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11 at the KLO Campus. Please follow this link
to see the attached invitation for details. Don’t forget to RSVP to Shirley Marshall by Sept. 8, 2008.
Barb Neetz moves to TradesBarb Neetz
has left the Registration Office and is now working with the Trades and Apprenticeship Office. Barb joins Tracy Harrison, Jan Leonard and Pat Dandeneau at the Apprenticeship Office where she will be primarily dedicated to admitting and recruiting new apprentices to Okanagan College.
Ranger’s fate sealed
Those who have been following the fate of the Ranger in the live-or-die online challenge don’t need to be reminded of his fate. For those of you who haven’t heard, online voters spoke and thanks to the hard work of the Kokanee Beer Sasquatch spokesperson and Okanagan College business student, Caleb Campbell, the Ranger will be terminated. Congratulations to Caleb for running such a highly successful, albeit morbid, campaign. To find out more about Caleb’s work, visit: www.rangerliveordie.ca.