Convocation, Commencement honour more than 1,150 students
In a series of three ceremonies that began with Trades Commencement on Friday night and ended with Convocation for Business students on Saturday afternoon, Okanagan College honoured more than 1,150 students receiving credentials.
The weekend’s ceremonies were just three of Okanagan College’s 12 Convocations throughout the 2009-10 year.
Graduates from the Vernon campus will be recognized in a ceremony in Vernon on June 28. The Kelowna campus will host Summer Convocation for vocational and continuing studies graduates on June 29.
Throughout the year the College also held a Winter Convocation and graduated six intakes of Practical Nurses at individual Convocations.
Highlights from the weekend events included the first graduating classes of Human Kinetics, Media and Cultural Studies and Writing and Publishing diplomas.
In total, Okanagan College conferred 365 credentials on Saturday (100 degrees), 196 Diplomas, 60 Associate Degrees, and 9 certificates. The achievements of more than 800 Trades students were marked during the Trades Commencement on Friday.
Honorary Fellows Peter Haubrich
, President and Founder of the Okanagan Research and Innovation Council, and Gray Monk Estate Winery owners Trudy and George Heiss
were recognized as well as the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Service Award, former Regional Dean of the Shuswap Revelstoke region, Lynda Wilson
. Dorothy Tinning
will be named Honorary Fellow during the College’s Summer Convocation on June 29.
Help make Okanagan College an even better place to work
Earlier this spring, President Jim Hamilton
invited representatives of all employee groups at the College to join together as part of a Task Force with a mandate to follow up on the results of the 2009 employee survey. (link to survey can be found in myOkanagan)
The members of this group are:
– BCGEU, Support Staff
– Administrators Association
– BCGEU Vocational Instructors
– Regional Dean, North Okanagan
– Management group
(Institutional Research) and Randy Maradyn
(Human Resources) have provided support and input, and the Task Force has been co-chaired by Laura Thurnheer
(Faculty member in the Okanagan School of Business) and Steve Koehle
Over a period of several weeks, this group has engaged in a very intensive process to review the outcomes of the employee survey, to identify the key issues contributing to the survey results, and to delve deeply into the factors behind these results. This work supports the implementation of the 2010-11 College-Wide Goals in identifying “the top two actionable issues arising from the 2009 employee survey” and recommending “specific actions to address these issues.”
The group has also identified “additional goals and specific actions for improving the College’s support of employees…with the intent of encouraging employee engagement and satisfaction.”
The group now needs help and ideas as it moves from analysis to action. The Task Force would like to share initial findings and thoughts with employees in each of the College’s four regions. More importantly, the group is seeking feedback on the range of possible actions that are under consideration. Which of these would work best in our college? Which should we pursue as priorities, and which should we put aside? What do you think would create the greatest – and desired – positive impact? Which action steps would be most meaningful for you?
Focus group sessions will be held on each of our four major campuses during the middle part of June. You are invited to attend the session in your region. Members of the Task Force group will be leading the sessions and will be gathering responses to the information and proposals that have been developed so far.
Mark your calendar:
Penticton Campus: June 9 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Room C 16
Kelowna Campus (KLO): June 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Room: Centre for Dialogue
Salmon Arm Campus: June 17 2 – 4 p.m. Room 136
Kalamalka Campus (Vernon): June 17 10 a.m. – 12 noon Room D-333
2010-11 Calendar Now Online & a New Look for the ClassFinder
The 2010-11 calendar is now online
and is the first truly dynamic calendar at Okanagan College. The project, a collaboration between the Registrar’s Office and IT Services, has succeeded in creating an online Calendar that draws its information from a single source. Previously, Calendar information was stored in multiple locations leading to more opportunities for errors to occur.
Students can now click on each course in a program outline and view the course description including prerequisites etc. on the program page, eliminating the jumping back and forth between program information and course descriptions.
Similar ease of use was also implemented into ClassFinder. This timetabling portal now has a fresh new look and great new features where course descriptions and prerequisites are linked to the schedule, allowing students to read the course description and see the course prerequisites before they register in the course.
What lies ahead? Additional features will be added over the summer including a Program Search feature by campus, credential, subject etc. as well as the ability to display program information from the Calendar directly on department websites. This program information will be linked directly to the Calendar from a department’s website. When the Calendar gets updated, it will automatically update the information on the department’s site. More to come on this great new feature in the next few months.
The new Calendar and ClassFinder are a big step forward in creating an improved online calendar and registration service to students and staff. If you have any feedback, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For a demonstration on the new online Calendar and Classfinder join staff from the Registrar’s Office in one of the following sessions:
Vernon: June 11, 8:30 am in E105
Salmon Arm: June 11, 11 am Room 141
Kelowna Campus: June 16, 10 am in E202
Penticton: June 25, 9 a.m. in PL107
Important update from IT Services
A year ago, the decision was made to migrate Okanagan College File and Print Services from the Novell Netware platform to Microsoft Windows by August 2010. This involves creating a new infrastructure, migrating all existing files on the F drives and K drives to the new infrastructure, and updating all Okanagan College desktop and laptop computers.
The project is well underway, the infrastructure is operational and many administrative and support departments have been migrated. Over the next three months, IT Services will be completing as much of the remaining work as possible, including converting all of the computers in labs, classrooms and the Information Commons.
However, there will be some staff with laptops who will not return to campus until August and those laptops may not have been updated.
Please note the following:
1. To learn more about the new infrastructure including logging in and finding your files, click here
2. If any of your course notes or student handouts refer to either the F drive or the K drive you will need to update them because, in the new infrastructure, disk drives are not referenced using single letters.
3. If you received a new R400 laptop or X200 tablet PC this spring, then your computer is likely ready for the new infrastructure.
4. If your laptop was not replaced this year but has been worked on by IT Services in the past couple of months then it probably is ready for the new infrastructure.
5. If either #3 or #4 above do not apply to you or you are not sure, please call the IT Helpdesk at 4444 or submit an IT Service Request at your convenience. That way we can check it, and, if necessary, update it.
Depending on the availability of a technician this process may take half an hour or you may need to leave your laptop with us for a while.
Hint: if you are able to login with your nine-digit Employee ID then your laptop has already been converted.
For additional information, click on the AskUS link
at the bottom of the IT Services home page, AskUS.
For assistance please call the IT Help Desk at local 4444.
Collective Agreement update
Local negotiations with two of the College’s three unions are slated to commence in June. Talks will commence with the BCGEU Support Staff on June 14 and 15 and will commence with the Okanagan College Faculty Association on June 16 and 17. Initial meetings with both unions will be used to finalise Protocol Agreements for the conduct of negotiations. The parties will have the opportunity to make opening remarks and to table and complete an initial review of their bargaining proposals.
Dates for an initial meeting with the BCGEU Vocational Instructors are to be determined. Continue to watch Inside Okanagan College for updates on the process and outcomes of negotiations.
New trades programming brings Studio Woodworking to Okanagan College
This fall Okanagan College will offer Studio Woodworking, a new 35-week program – the first of its kind in the province. Studio Woodworking encompasses a wide range of woodworking disciplines. While the program is not an apprenticeship, students completing the program will get credit for Cabinetmaking Level 1 from the province’s Industry Training Authority. That can be applied toward a Cabinetmaking Apprenticeship.
“This is a program for people who have a passion for woodwork,” explained instructor Tim Diebert. “It will appeal to serious hobbyists who just want to gain some new skills or turn their passion into a business. It will also appeal to people who want to find a career in the woodworking business and for those already in the business who want to further their skills.”
Anyone interested can go online
or attend an information session, being held June 12 at 10 a.m. in the shop that will host the program at the College’s Kelowna Campus.
KSS students Experience OC
On May 27, Okanagan College hosted a mini-Experience OC event for Kelowna Secondary School students. Grade 10, 11 and 12 teachers selected sample College classes based on their schedule, and brought over students in blocks to attend classes and experience a College lecture.
A variety of options were presented and students and teachers enjoyed sessions ranging from “It's Not Easy Being Santa Claus” to “This Poetry Will Crush your Facebook” to “Using Computer Science to Make an XBox 360 Game.”
Eighteen faculty members gave their time for lectures, and 19 teachers and approximately 400 students made the trek from KSS. Positive feedback was received from participants.
The event was coordinated by Public Affairs' Karma Lacoff and Stacy Galigan, KSS Counselor.
Also thanks to: Franziska Birker, Pam Wetterstrand, Lucy Kwasniewski, Richard Christie, Deb Warren, Howard Hisdal, Ayla Kilic, Stephanie Bunclark, Jake Kennedy, Rick Appleby, Michelle Nicholson, David Northcott, Lisa Burnett, Bill Adams, Al Cohoe, Gary Schwartz, Nadir Ould-Khessal, and David Williams for spending part or all of the day providing introductory college lectures to secondary students.
SIFE Okanagan awarded Spirit of Kelowna
SIFE Okanagan was pleasantly surprised last week when they received a letter from Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd who honoured the team with the Spirit of Kelowna award. In her letter to presidents Travis Fleming and Deepak Garcha, Mayor Shepherd wrote:“It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge the Students in Free Enterprise – Okanagan for your recent first place win as the Okanagan College’s Green team in the SIFE National Challenge in Calgary.
I understand that the efforts of Sattu Dhaliwal, Kevin Slater, Braydon Ouellet, Graham Moir and Megan Annand clearly demonstrated the team’s superior social entrepreneurship education, easily winning out among the 53 other teams in attendance. Congratulations to you and your entire team.
I would also like to congratulate your group for winning the City of Kelowna Environmental Achievement Award for the Most Dedicated Group for 2010 – well deserved."
Jonathan Rouse joins Okanagan School of Business
Jonathan Rouse, Dean of the Vancouver Community College’s School of Hospitality and Business, is joining Okanagan College’s School of Business as a faculty member.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Okanagan College,” says Rouse, who has been Dean at VCC since 2006. He’s also worked at Capilano College (1993 to 2006) as part of the Faculty of Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Management.
“We’re excited Jonathan will be bringing his significant expertise and knowledge to our portfolio,” says Dr. Jayne Brooks, Dean of the School of Business. “We know our students will benefit from his breadth of experience and his involvement in the hospitality and tourism sector.”
Rouse – among other things – is a member of the Tourism Vancouver Board of Directors, the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council Board of Directors, a member of the BC Hospitality Foundation, a co-chair of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges Tourism Affinity Group, and spent two years as vice-chair of the Go2 BC Board of Directors, which is an industry-led consortium that focuses on the human resources and training needs of the province’s tourism industry.
Gee re-elected Ed Council Chair
Okanagan College’s Chair of Computer Science, Rick Gee, has been re-elected as Chair of Education Council. Rick replaced Anne Cossentine as Chair of Education Council in January 2008.
Michelle Nicholson has been elected as Vice Chair; both Michelle and Rick will serve two-year terms. Michelle replaces Derek Cook, who served as the former Vice Chair. The new positions are effective Aug. 1, 2010 – July 31, 2012.
Carolyn Hopkins takes on recruitment role for Central Okanagan
Carolyn Hopkins has joined the Public Affairs team as the Recruitment and Events Coordinator for the Central Okanagan. Carolyn recently graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management from UBC Okanagan. She has worked with BC Hydro as part of the Community Outreach team and spent time working in the Career Services department at UBCO.
Carolyn has extensive experience planning and coordinating events and working with the public. In her new role, Carolyn will be responsible for coordinating on-campus events, conventions, trade shows and tours as well as building relationships with local high school faculty and students. She will be based in Kelowna and can be reached at ext. 4469 or by email at email@example.com
Rob St. Onge joins Okanagan College
Rob St. Onge has joined the team of staff in Facilities Management in a new role as Energy Manager for Okanagan College. Rob is responsible for coordinating the effective identification, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of energy conservation programs, including the development of a long-term sustainable energy management plan.
Prior to joining the College, Rob worked in the HVAC Equipment and Building Controls Business for 15 years. He is looking forward to applying his experience to help reduce the College’s carbon footprint and energy usage.
Busson to receive Honorary Doctor of Laws
Simon Fraser University will confer a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa on Dr. Bev Busson at its June 17 Convocation ceremony. Busson, who already is also an Honorary Doctor of the University College of Fraser Valley, is a member of the Okanagan College Foundation Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the Board, she had a long and esteemed career with the RCMP. Busson enjoyed a 33-year career with the police and was the first woman to hold the rank of RCMP Commissioner. She is now retired and lives near Salmon Arm.
Revelstoke staff hit the farmer’s market to promote Okanagan College
At a recent Revelstoke farmer’s market, Okanagan College’s Carol Fitchett
(Continuing Studies) and Claudette Kendel
(AACP) spent time promoting Okanagan College, answering questions from the general public and giving out information about upcoming courses and programs.
The duo gave out some freebies, had a couple of draws, and attracted a lot of attention - especially when the balloons came out.