Have your Voice heard
Your voice, opinions and ideas are a vital component of Okanagan College’s strategic planning review process.
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 College
CBC’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.
Students and faculty from the Okanagan School of Business will assist producers and the film crew for the Kelowna casting call. Scheduling information and full details on how to apply are available on the Dragons’ Den website: www.cbc.ca/dragonsden.
ECE students find support
Early Childhood Education students in Salmon Arm and Kelowna have been awarded a total of $29,000 in ECEBC Bursaries for the fall 2009 term. Thirty-two students have received bursaries ranging in value from $400 to $1,000.
The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), funded by the Vancity Community Foundation, administers its bursary program for students studying early childhood education, and awards the bursaries after the successful completion of each term.
SIFE and Kelowna Chamber extend deadline for Green Business Awards
Okanagan College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Okanagan and partner, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, have extended the application deadline for the second annual Green Business Awards (formally known as the Eco-Nomics Awards) to Monday, March 8.
The Green Business Awards provide a platform for businesses in the community to gain recognition, advance as leaders, and broaden public knowledge of green and sustainable practices taking place in Kelowna.
Local businesses with a focus on sustainability are encouraged to go online to apply for the awards at: brighterbusiness.ca
. Individuals can also nominate businesses that are making a difference in Kelowna in the areas of manufacturing and construction, forestry and agriculture, retail and commercial goods, business and professional services, hospitality and overall sustainability.
This year’s winners will be recognized at a luncheon ceremony on April 22 at the Coast Capri Hotel. Winners from last year include: Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Best Western Inn Kelowna, Orchard Park Mall, Granville Island Factory and Spider Agile Technology.
Centre of Excellence draws attention at international conference
Okanagan College’s new Centre of Excellence in Penticton received international attention after Dr. Andrew Hay
, Vice President Education, and CEI’s Robert Parlane
, senior project manager of the building, presented at an international conference on sustainable building in Seoul, Korea.
Hay and Parlane were invited to the conference: SB10 Seoul: International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia,
after submitting a paper on the Centre of Excellence. While at the conference, Hay and Parlane received the Award of Excellence in Research for their paper. They also had the opportunity to present, along with Roger Bayley, Design Manager for Vancouver’s 2010 South East Olympic Village development, to the Green Building Research and Development team at Samsung Construction.
Lent launches Cantilevered Songs in Vernon
The Okanagan’s Poet Laureate and Regional Dean of Okanagan College, John Lent, launched his ninth book, Cantilevered Songs, at an event at the Vernon campus on the evening of Feb. 26.
“I wanted to launch this book in a proper way,” said Lent. “I wanted to perform some of the poems the way they should be performed, and sometimes, in order to do that, you need to wait until you feel right about the performance.”
Lent went on a demanding public tour of this book last fall in Western Canada, delivering 12 readings in nine days in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo. He has read from his book on CBC Radio, but waited to launch the book in Vernon, where he lives, and where the material of the poems is rooted.
Lent, who was recently proclaimed Poet Laureate of the Okanagan, has also been informed that he has just been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of this year’s Okanagan Arts Awards.
Marcy Trotter joins Public Affairs
Marcy Trotter has joined Okanagan College in the role of Aboriginal Recruiter and Event Coordinator for the South Okanagan Similkameen and Central Okanagan regions. Marcy has a BA in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta.
She comes to the College from School District #53 (Okanagan-Similkameen) where she was a First Nations Support Worker for Similkameen Elementary Secondary School for more than 10 years.
Marcy will be connecting with the Aboriginal Communities to assist First Nations students with their educational goals and will help students discover opportunities at Okanagan College. For any questions or requests Marcy can be reached at her home campus in Penticton - local 3264 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Arellano’s Strange Fruit to premiere in Kelowna
Communications professor Marc Arellano will have his most recent documentary, Strange Fruit, screened at the World Community Film Festival at Okanagan College in Kelowna on March 13 at 1:15 p.m.
As Arellano explains, Strange Fruit is a documentary video exploring the changing landscape of the Central Okanagan fruit industry - a result of the forces of globalization.
Land, labour and water are all in short supply, so who is going to produce local food? Orchards are disappearing. Most growers in the Central Okanagan are close to 60. Sky-high land values and low prices for fruit mean the next generation cannot afford to take over the orchard. The conflict and drama surfaces as the next generation rejects the family orchard, or wants it, but parents won’t hand it over to save their children the heartache they themselves have suffered.
Labour is in short supply. The traditional workforce of local and Quebecois pickers has been replaced by hundreds of Mexican workers. Tensions surface as activists oppose the use of temporary, foreign workers, yet growers must rely on them to get their crops picked.
Water is in short supply. The snowpack is shrinking each year and now the Pine Beetle is destroying local watersheds. Both of these issues threaten residential and agricultural water supplies and will result in higher water costs for all consumers of this precious resource.
For how much longer will we enjoy healthy, fresh fruit from the Central Okanagan? Head to the screening of Strange Fruit to find out more about these important issues.
Staff answer Team Fitness Challenge
On Jan. 18, Okanagan College Athletics, Recreation and Student Life department in Kelowna challenged students, staff and faculty to create teams of four to participate in the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
, team challenge.
Each participant was given a pedometer, a team shirt and the use of software to help them track points for participating in a variety of physical activities on and off campus.
A total of 32 teams have joined the challenge and have been competing for prestigious titles along the way to the grand finale (which will take place in four weeks). Among the fitness challenges was the Hula Hoop competition.
The winners of the hula challenge were from TEAM F.I.T. (Dorie Burnham, Roberta Nechvatal, Laura-Jean Winslade, Susan Moran
) and THE BEAKS (Verna Simpson, Marie Scarborough and Helena Jordo-Zieske
Okanagan College Astronomy Instructor, Richard Christie
, has been involved with the Okanagan Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s fundraising efforts for an observatory. Funds have been raised in part through Sidewalk Astronomy events showing people the stars from the streets. Read more in: Reaching for the universe
English instructor, Jeremy Beaulne
, has integrated his love of film into a 200-level English course. The Penticton class has welcomed the public to join it for screenings each Tuesday night at 7 p.m. until the end of the semester. Find out what films are showing
A peer-reviewed paper on "The concept of heat in physical geography" appeared in the last issue of Geography. The article is co-authored by Terence Day
(Geography), Carl Doige
(Chemistry), and John Young
of Saint Mary's University in Halifax. The paper can be accessed through the library website, or the abstract can be viewed online
Okanagan College’s partnership with SHAW on the Trades BC series produced an interesting segment featuring Bruce Miller
, a deaf student in the metal and steel fabrication program. Watch the segment
to find out how Bruce has found ways to communicate effectively while honing his craft.
, Manager of Security and Parking Services, rocked the stage at the Minstrel Café
in Kelowna last week with his band the Rowdy Men.
The Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen rejected making a contribution of $2 Million to the fundraising efforts towards the Centre of Excellence
in Penticton. Read coverage of the issue in: RDOS no ‘cash cow’ for college
, Regional district in no mood
and the editorial: Only in my backyard
Two developments concerning the Centre of Excellence
caught the eye of the Kelowna Capital News. A new webcam, which will allow the world to witness the development of the building, was announced by the College, as well as news that Dr. Andrew Hay, Vice President Education, presented the project in Korea. Read more in: Centre of Excellence wants to go global
A groundbreaking for the expansion of the Salmon Arm Trades Training building took place recently and earned the attention of the press. Read more in: Trades training facility to expand
, and Fusing tools, textbooks
, Okanagan College Penticton alumnus, now has the world as his audience after his performance at the 2010 Olympic opening ceremony. He will perform with his band, Short Story Long, at the 2010 Roots and Blues Festival. Read more in: Penticton man shines at ceremonies
, Catch slam poet champ after his Olympic performance
and Koyczan to play Roots festival in Salmon Arm.
, of Envictus Corp, is the new entrepreneur-in-residence at the Okanagan College School of Business. Read more in: Manning takes up residence
The Okanagan College Crusaders
hockey team played TRU, leading them closer to the play-offs. Read more in: OK Crusaders split weekend set with TRU Wolfpack
In her weekly School’s In column Okanagan College’s Interim Registrar, Jane Muskens
, discussed the importance of behavioural awareness and intervention in institutions
as a means to keep people safe. For those parents and educators wondering about the new math courses rolling out in high schools around BC in September, Jane breaks them down in: A practical application of math
, author, Okanagan poet laureate and Regional Dean North Okanagan, launched his most recent book, Cantilevered Songs at the Vernon campus. Read more in: Don’t give up reading for Lent
Rick and Yasmin Thorpe
are supporting the fundraising efforts for the Centre of Excellence as honorary campaign chairs. Read more in: Thorpes take the lead
, BBA and accounting student, and Dr. Jayne Brooks
, Dean of Business, were interviewed for a story on the successes of college business programs. Read more from the Globe and Mail article: Taking care of business – at college.
The Alumni Association is calling for nominations for the Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards
. Read more in: Nominees sought for college awards
Dual Credit Culinary Arts student, Tyler Chambers
, took the program at Mount Boucherie Secondary and says it helped him enjoy school again. He also thinks Chef James Armstrong
, the Okanagan College Culinary Arts Instructor who also teaches at Boucherie, is pretty cool. Read more in: Cooking up a career
The Okanagan College Foundation has earned the support of the City of Penticton. The City approved a grant to the Centre of Excellence last week. Read more in: City gives college a break on expansion
and the Herald editorial on the topic: When it does pay to listen.
, Associate Dean of Science, Technology and Health, participated in the Student Voice Forum in Vernon. Doug spoke with student representatives from all over the Okanagan about learning and education. Read more in: Students share collective voices
In his weekly column, Global Citizen, Stan Chung
, acting Dean of Arts and Foundational, discusses the evolution of his relationship with his sister. Read more in: Gretel in Whistler