Robo-brothers earn stripes at World RoboCup
|Nelson & Hudson |
After winning Okanagan College’s RoboCup dance competition in November, brothers Hudson and Nelson qualified to represent Canada at the World Robocup 2009 in Graz, Austria. Electronic Engineering instructor Nadir Ould-Khessal received word from Hudson and Nelson that they were awarded with Best Presentation for their performance at the international event.
Hudson and Nelson’s presentation included a green screen iMovie starring themselves and their robot, a poster and their introduction to their dance. Despite Nelson breaking his arm on the day of the judge’s interview, the duo performed extremely well and had a great learning experience.
Software developer recognizes Okanagan College
ESRI, the makers of industry leading ArcInfo GIS software, has announced that Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus is one of a select group of schools in Canada being recognized for a strong, multidisciplinary focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
In addition to recognizing Okanagan College, ESRI will be providing a scholarship to a Salmon Arm GIS graduate that includes a one-time payment of $500, a complimentary student license for the ArcGIS software, a complimentary registration for one of ESRI Canada’s regional user conferences and two complimentary instructor-led training courses.
“For one of the world’s leading GIS software makers to recognize Okanagan College and its graduates is a great honour,” said Patty Bruce, program coordinator. “We are truly proud of this very unique program, our outstanding instructional staff and the extremely well qualified graduates that this program produces.”
Sustainability – students, employees, campuses, communitiesRegistration is still available
for our annual learning conference – join your colleagues on Wednesday, Aug. 19 or Thursday, Aug. 20 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The morning will include a plenary welcome and update by Jim Hamilton
, followed by a presentation from guest speaker Peter Gregg
on Sustaining the Human Spirit – The Culture of Tenacious Optimism in a World under Threat.
Staff will also have the chance to meet Okanagan College’s Fellows of the Institute for Leadership in Learning and Teaching.
Want a chance to tour the new Center for Learning? There will be a sign-up sheet available during morning registration to grab a spot for a short lunch time tour.
Enjoy a delicious lunch, then chose from over a dozen afternoon learning symposia – from Excellerating your Excel
and Green Campus and Green Classrooms
, to Working with International and Aboriginal students
, Combating Racism
, Alternative Grading Practices
to Being Happier at Work
. Come early to enjoy coffee with friends and colleagues and stay a little while in the afternoon for a social with food, entertainment, and prizes.
All employees are encouraged to attend. This event is a great way to kick off the year!
KALAMALKA VERTIGO's new exhibit: Beach Series
Kalamalka Vertigo, a joint venture between Gallery Vertigo and Okanagan College, is currently exhibiting artist Sara Wiens’
Beach Series. This series will run until Sept. 15.
“The Beach series is an accentuation of the carnival-like colours and atmosphere created as people gather to bask in the heat of summer,” said Wiens. “The unspecific figures, complete with juicy hues and rippling flesh rarely seen throughout the rest of the year, represent the many who strip away the layers of clothing from the long Canadian winter to enjoy the intense warmth of the Okanagan sun.”
Gallery Vertigo’s hours of business are from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call Gallery Vertigo: (250) 503-2297, email: email@example.com
or check out the website: www.galleryvertigo.com
Okanagan College WORKS at Community Futures
Staff from Okanagan College had an opportunity to connect with the 23 College alumni who are working at Community Futures
in Vernon when the Okanagan College Works campaign hosted a coffee visit to their offices. Among the College alumni are Board of Governors member Jane Lister
and Okanagan College Alumni Association Director Kara Kazimer
Other alumni at Community Futures include graduates from the Okanagan School of Business, Continuing Studies, Arts, Science, and AACP, among others. The coffee visit offered alumni an opportunity to find out more about the news and events of Okanagan College. College alumni make up more than 65 per cent of all staff at Community Futures.
Ruf steps down as registrar, Muskens appointed in interim
Okanagan College’s Registrar, Robert Ruf
, will leave his position at the
College after accepting a new role as Registrar of Bow Valley College in
Calgary. Robert has been an important contributor to the development of
Okanagan College, and his work has been valued and appreciated. Jane Muskens
, currently Manager of Student Recruitment, has been appointed interim Registrar of Okanagan College for a six-month period. Jane has nearly two decades of experience at Okanagan College, including 13 years in the Registrar's Office. In 2008, she completed a Master’s of Science in Education, specializing in enrollment management. Jane will begin her role as Registrar in mid-August.
Changing faces of Okanagan College
During the summer months a number of valued staff have retired, acquired new roles and some new faces have joined Okanagan College. Phil Beckmann
, Dean of Science, Technologies and Health, and Lynda Wilson
, Regional Dean Shuswap Revelstoke, both served their last official days on Okanagan College’s leadership team on Friday, July 31. Dr. Dianne Crisp
has taken over the reins of Science, Technologies and Health and Jim Barmby
is now leading the Shuswap Revelstoke region as Dean.
Also worth noting is this summer’s arrival of Steve Robinson
to the position of Director of International Education. Steve replaces Marlene Issac
, who will be retiring. The International department and its new director can be found in their new digs on the ground floor of the Centre for Learning in Kelowna. Michelle Lowry
will return to Public Affairs in the role of executive assistant after spending the past year working as assistant to the dean of Science, Technologies and Health. With the return of Michelle, Public Affairs will lose Jennifer Heppner
, who filled Michelle’s role for the past six months. Patti Boyd
is already in her new role as executive assistant in Science, Technologies and Health.
MacDonald and Witzky named regional Aboriginal student recruitersLoleen MacDonald
and Shelley Witzky
have been successful in earning full-time continuing regional positions as Aboriginal recruiting and events coordinators. Loleen and Shelley have been working in their respective roles for nearly a year.
Loleen will be based out of the Salmon Arm campus but will serve both the North Okanagan and Shuswap-Revelstoke regions. Shelley’s home campus will be Penticton and she will cover the South Okanagan-Similkameen and Central Okanagan regions.
College grad takes time to say thanks to those who supported him
is preparing to undertake his most challenging academic
endeavour this fall when he begins his first year of medical school at
the University of Calgary. For Jesh, looking ahead to the exciting
challenges of med school gave him an opportunity to reflect on those at
Okanagan College who helped prepare him for his graduate studies.
Jesh sent a letter to Okanagan College staff to express his appreciation. His words give all of us at Okanagan College another reason to be
proud of our efforts to provide students with the best education and
Dear Okanagan College,
I am writing to express my appreciation to Okanagan College and
specifically the Vernon Campus. I was a student in the Biology program
from 2006 to 2008 and transferred to UBC Okanagan for my 3rd year. The
transition to UBCO was extremely uncomplicated and academically I was
fully prepared for my studies finishing my third year on the Dean's
list. I would argue that the small classes and dedicated professors at
Okanagan College offer an educational experience that in many ways
surpasses that of a university. From my experience at OC, the
instructors take a special interest in their students' education and
are passionate about what they teach.
In May 2009 after completing a year at UBCO, I was accepted into the MD
programs of UBC and the University of Calgary. I will be starting
medical school in Calgary in August 2009 and look forward to the
challenges and excitement in the world of medicine.
I wish to thank Okanagan College for their large part in preparing me
for my medical education. This preparation was not only academic but
also financial as I received support from many donors in the community
including the college. I am proud to have been a student at Okanagan
College and want to thank everyone who assisted me along my educational