Have your Voice heardYour voice, opinions and ideas are a vital component of Okanagan College’s strategic planning review process.
At okanagan.bc.ca/voice you’ll find many ways to become involved in the consultative process. With the review process well underway, several focus groups and individual interviews have already been completed, and there are opportunities to provide your comments on the current mission, vision, values and strategic direction.
Students and employees may attend focus groups, participate in an on-line discussion or add comments to idea walls located in Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm. Later this week an employee survey will be available on the website (www.okanagan.bc.ca/voice).
The fourth annual student satisfaction survey has been launched to a random sample of students. If you want to provide your ideas directly to the strategic planning team, email Heather Stewart, the Director, Strategic Planning.
We want to hear from you, so the revised strategic plan reflects the views and values of Okanagan College students, employees, communities, organizations, employers and individuals. Please add your voice to the process. We’re listening.
CBC's Dragon’s Den to film at CollegeCBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den will hold auditions for its upcoming season in Okanagan College’s Centre for Learning on Monday, March 15. The open casting call will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Producers of the show are inviting entrepreneurs and those with great business ideas to pitch their business ideas to the Dragons in less than five minutes. Those who are successful will be invited to Toronto to be featured on the sixth season of the popular program.
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Dental Assistants support children during month of MayThe Okanagan College Certified Dental Assistant Program will be offering reduced fee preventive dental services for children during the month of May. If you or anyone you know may be interested in bringing children between the ages of 6 and 16 to Okanagan College’s clinic for dental sealants, x-rays or polish and fluoride, please call to receive additional information.
Clinic phone: 250-862-5424 or Catherine Baranow at 250-762-5445 local 4422
Campus Stores Pre-Inventory SaleCampus Stores doesn’t want to count their inventory so they’ve put it on sale for staff to snap it up. Check out the great deals and sale prices at every campus on the following days:
Kelowna: March 15 – 19
Penticton: March 22 & 23
Salmon Arm: March 15 – 18
Vernon: March 15 – 18
Please note: Campus Stores will be closed for inventory from Tuesday, Mar. 30 – Thursday, April 1. The last day for 2009/2010 orders is Monday, March 15 so don’t delay, order today!
SIFE raises funds and food during Can Hunger ChallengeThe Can Hunger Challenge resulted in a staggering 7,000 pounds of food collected by SIFE students at in Penticton, Vernon and Kelowna. The generosity of staff and students and the hard work of SIFE Okanagan amounts to the equivalent of a $3,023 donation to local food banks.
SIFE is planning to increase this number during the campus-wide Hunger Awareness Week, which starts March 8 and finishes at the SIFE gala on March 12. Over the next two weeks, SIFE will also host a ping-pong tournament in Kelowna, which will see registration fees ($5 per person) split between the winner and the food bank. Staff interested in signing up can email Sammi.
Little Scholars bake saleThe Okanagan College/YMCA childcare centre in Kelowna is hosting a weekly fundraiser bake sale every Friday morning during the month of March from 8 – 11 a.m. Centre staff will set up a snack stand at the entrance of the centre (near the Facilities building) with coffee, tea and baked items.
Coffee, tea and baked goods are $1 each. All of the money raised will support the YMCA/YWCA Strong Kids Campaign within the community. The money raised allows the YMCA-YWCA to provide financial assistance to families in need so they can send their kids to daycare, learn to swim and attend summer camps.
Security reminderStaff are reminded to refrain from putting classroom keys or office keys on the same lanyard as your salto card. If keys and the salto card are lost, it makes it very easy for others to identify who the keys belong to and provides easy access to specific areas.
Security staff also remind College staff not to put College lanyards on your keys as this also identifies where they belong. Each time keys are reported lost, Facilities Management has to assess the level of security being compromised. A significant breach will result in re-keying, a major breach may require re-keying the entire campus.
Planning is now underway for Connections 2010 – Okanagan College’s annual employee learning conference (Aug. 25-26). Organizers are currently welcoming suggestions from staff to find out if there are specific learning sessions that should be included in this year’s event. For those who may not have attended Connections in the past, the day’s activities are meant to engage and inspire staff from all facets of the institution.
Do you have a skill or talent you would be willing to share with your colleagues? The organizing committee has gathered many ideas for sessions, but they still need your input. In the box or out of the box, related to your day-to-day work or completely apart from it, organizers are hoping to provide a broad array of sessions for staff to choose from but they need help coming up with ideas.
Feedback from last year’s event indicated that many would like to hear from a guest speaker in the morning session. Have an idea that you would like to hear presented? Do you know of a dynamic speaker (from within Okanagan College or our community) who can bring a perspective to our event that crosses all aspects of what we do?
Please contact Kaya Forest if you have session or speaker suggestions. Please stay tuned to Inside Okanagan College in the coming weeks for more details.
50/50 winner announcedCongratulations to Ken Soucy from Trades and Apprenticeship in Kelowna who won last week’s payday draw for $532.50. 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.
Education Council updateEducation Council will welcome new members - each position was filled by acclamation. Representatives from Support Staff are: Ardeth Anderson and Inga Wheeler. Faculty representatives are Karen Matthews (Business), Ann Marie McKinnon (Arts), Rick Gee (Science, Technology), Siri Marken (Health and Social Development), Alf Leimert (Trades) and Sandra Friesen (Foundational). The new student representative from the Central Okanagan is Jacek Gabanowicz.
Mar. 5 - Okanagan College will host the 27th annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition at the Kelowna campus. Events will take place throughout the day, with one of the highlights, the heavy weight competition, getting underway around 1 p.m. in the lecture theatre. Drop by to check out exciting spaghetti and engineering action or contact Michelle Lowry for more information.
Mar. 8 – Penticton Speaker Series - The Living Building Challenge: Okanagan College’s Exciting Green Building. An innovative building designed to be informed by its climate and region, that generates all its own energy from renewable resources, recycles all of its water, uses local materials with minimum detriment to the environment, and to be used to teach the next generation of trades men and women in the latest sustainable thinking. Robert Parlane will be talking about the College's newest building currently under construction in Penticton: the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. This event takes place at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre.
Mar. 8 - ILLT Lunch and Learn Series - Social Media in Teaching and Learning with Glen Coulthard, Business Okanagan College. Kalamalka Lecture Theatre 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.
Mar. 15 – Science in Society Speaker Series – Not Just Any Old Place: Ethnoecology in a Changing World with Dr. Nancy Turner. This event will take place at the Vernon campus at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Turner is a renowned ethnobotonist from the University of Victoria. During her lecture, Turner will shed light on the traditional ways Indigenous peoples perceive, use and care for the natural resources around them. This event is co-presented by the College and the Okanagan Science Centre. Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Please contact the Okanagan Science Centre www.okscience.ca or call (250) 545-3644 for advanced purchase of tickets or for more information.
Mar. 15 - Kalamalka Speakers Series - Killing Kalamalka: How nutrient loading is threatening the future of Kalamalka Lake, Vernon's main domestic water source with Randy Schellenberg. Schellenberg is a local business owner and the spokesman for the Citizens' Coalition to Save Silver Star Provincial Park. Topics of discussion will include Vernon and Silver Star wastewater, biosolids composting, effluent irrigation, and the MacKay reservoir. Kalamalka Lecture Theatre 12:30-1:20 p.m.
Mar. 15 – Penticton Speaker Series - A Travelogue, Ron Spence, Okanagan School of Business. Two road trips, 13,596 miles and about 200 restaurant interviews, form the raw material for an entertaining, creative, sometimes shocking, well illustrated with both original drawings and photographs, and set Journal Pieces and ad-libbed anecdotes that bring his voyage to life. This event takes place at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre.
Mar. 18 – The Okanagan Business Students’ Association (OBSA) will host its annual banquet from 5 – 9 p.m. This year’s event will feature a keynote address from Bill Rancic, entrepreneur and winner of the first season of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice. Tickets will be available soon through www.selectyourtickets.com.
Mar. 19 - ILLT Lunch and Learn Series - Happiness through Character Building with Ben Coleman, Psychology Okanagan College, in the Kelowna Theater 12 -12:50 p.m.
Mar. 22 - Kalamalka Speaker Series - Sucking on lemons! with Ben Coleman, Psychology, Okanagan College. When life delivers lemons, why will some people pucker-up while others will smile? Your ability to prosper and remain happy in life, even when sucking lemons, will depend on whether or not you have established these “essential” psychological strengths in your daily life. This free event takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Kalamalka Campus Lecture Theatre.
Mar. 22 – Penticton Speaker Series - Looking at the Milky Way and Seeing the Galaxy, Chris Purton (DRAO). The Milky Way is our galaxy seen from the inside. Probing the depths of the Milky Way and building up a picture of what our Galaxy would look like from the outside is a process covering several centuries of research. The process continues, with major additions to the picture incorporated quite recently. Chris will outline this history, and present the most recent ideas of what our Galaxy is actually like. This event takes place at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre.
Mar. 28 - Okanagan College will host the Campus to Campus Half Marathon, Relay and 10 km race on Sunday, Mar. 28. Go online to register and find out more about this year's new course: www.okanagan.bc.ca/halfmarathon.
Mar. 29 - ILLT Lunch and Learn Series – Tips and Techniques for Classroom Instruction (Film) with Rob Kjarsgaard, Coordinator of Okanagan College's ILLT. Rob will lead a follow-up discussion of the film on teaching techniques and will present an update on the ILLT. Kalamalka Lecture Theatre 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.
Mar. 29 – Penticton Speaker Series - Parsing Nature, Don Gayton.
Our social and individual bonds to nature are at the roots of the current environmental crisis. In this interactive discussion, we will dig down to explore these roots, their historical development, how they have changed over time, and how they need to change in the future. Session will be led by Don Gayton, ecologist and author of several books about nature. This event takes place at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre.
April 7 - ILLT Lunch and Learn Series - Diversity with James Coble, Aboriginal Access and Services Coordinator Okanagan College, in the Kelowna Theater 12 - 12:50 p.m.
April 12 – Penticton Speaker Series - Film: Revolutionary Road. A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates. This event takes place at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre.
Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE?
Please email Public Affairs c/o Christine Ulmer. The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Tuesday, March 16, 2010.