May 5, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 3
Statutory holiday closure
Okanagan College will be closed Monday, May 18 in observance of the Victoria Day statutory holiday.
College Pension Plan contribution rate change January 1, 2016
Please note that as of January 1, 2016, member and employer pension plan contribution rates will be changing. A single, simplified contribution rate will replace the current two-tiered contribution rates for members and employers. Read the Board Communiqué from the College Pension Board of Trustees to find out details of the rate change.
Family Award application
Okanagan College employees have until May 15 to submit applications for the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees.
Full award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan under “OC Express – Forms” and then click on “Foundation.” For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office at 250-862-5419.
Volunteer for Convocation 2015
This June, Okanagan College will celebrate its graduating students at five Convocation ceremonies. Volunteers are needed to assist, including ushers, and individuals to help prepare refreshments for the reception. Please contact Michelle Lowry if you would like to volunteer, noting the ceremony you are available for.
- Trades Commencement Fri, June 5 @ 6 p.m.
- Spring Convocation Sat, June 6 @ 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- Vernon Convocation Tue, June 23 @ 4:30 p.m.
- Summer Convocation Thu, June 25 @ 6 p.m.
For more information about Convocation, visit the website.
Spring 2015 ILT newsletter
The spring 2015 Institute for Learning and Teaching’s newsletter, Enhancing the Practice of Learning and Teaching is now available. This edition’s theme is Self-Care and Happiness in the Workplace and includes articles by faculty and staff sharing their expertise, research and insights on this topic.
To provide feedback on this issue, propose an idea for a future theme, or to review article submission guidelines, please visit the ILT Newsletter webpage.
Call for nominations for ILT Fellows
The Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT) is seeking nominations for four Fellow positions to serve three-year terms (June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2018) in the following areas:
- Library & Institutional Research
- Educational Technology, Information Technology, Facilities & Public Affairs
- Salmon Arm & Revelstoke
If you are passionate about enhancing learning and teaching at Okanagan College, and are a member of one of these departments/regions (or know of a colleague who fits this description) please consider applying for one of these positions.
For additional information and a nomination form, please email the ILT department.
Wine Festival events at College
May 6 – Wine and Cheese. Join Okanagan College Culinary Arts students and Dairy Farmers of Canada for an evening of cheese and wine. Apprentice chef teams will create dishes featuring Canadian cheeses paired with Okanagan wines. The event takes place at Infusions Restaurant at the Kelowna campus from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $42. For more information visit the website.
May 9 – Iron Sommelier BC. In the battle of the ultimate food and wine pairings, three sommeliers who are experts in B.C. wine will be tasked with pairing 16 wines with different samples of local foods. An interactive event, attendees will vote using social media for the best pairings, ultimately crowning the Iron Sommelier BC. The event takes place in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. For tickets ($65 each) and more information, visit the website.
Roundabout workshops underway
Now to May 15 – Roundabout workshops are now underway at all four campus locations. You can still register and participate in this series of information-filled workshops with topics covering learning & teaching, information technology and education technology. Roundabout is open to all employees, and those that register and attend will be eligible to win some great prizes including an iPad Mini, Chromecast, Bluetooth Keyboard and Learning & Teaching Books. For further information and to register, visit the ILT webpage.
Connections 2015, register today
Aug. 18 -19 – The 10th annual Okanagan employee learning conference Connections 2015 will be held Aug. 18 and 19 at the Kelowna campus from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear from President Jim Hamilton to learn about the direction of Okanagan College (and what’s new) and attend workshops on a variety of topics, including LEAN thinking, communicating to a multicultural audience, how to adapt your teaching style and so much more.
Connections provides valuable opportunities to network with colleagues from all four campuses, all while having fun. To register for Connections 2015 click here.
To plan your day, see full descriptions of each workshop on the Workshop Planner.
Charity golf tournament registration
May 21 – Register online for the 24th annual Okanagan College Foundation Charity Golf Tournament at the Okanagan Golf Club. To volunteer or to have your department host an on-course booth, please contact Dawn Douglas.
The provincial government announced funding for students with disabilities, and OC was among those institutions receiving $50,000, a fact that KelownaNow was quick to pick up on.
The Kelowna Capital News captured that Okanagan College expanded its Honorary Fellows list, highlighting the achievements of Chef Rod Butters, Norm Embree, Rick Pushor and Annette Sharkey in its April 24 print edition and online. The Vernon Morning Star featured Vernon social advocate Sharkey in its April 22 print issue and also online. Meanwhile, KelownaNow also shared the story with their readers.
The Vernon Morning Star also captured the recognition of another Vernon resident, Sareena Sharma Nickoli, who was named this year’s recipient of the Okanagan College Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.
Premier Christy Clark was in Kelowna to promote the region’s thriving tech-industry, announcing funding to five public institutions, including Okanagan College. Kelowna Capital News reporter Alistair Waters captured the news in his article and online. The Daily Courier’s Steve MacNaull commented the announcement ceremony was disproportionate to the announcement itself in his news article. The coding funding announcement also came to the attention of Business in Vancouver, highlighting the $50,000 received by Okanagan College. Castanet also featured a post to share the news.
In a separate funding announcement, the government's investment into creating trades seats at Okanagan College was captured by the Penticton Herald, as well as the Vernon Morning Star, and a brief also appeared in the April 30 print edition of the Kelowna Daily Courier. The Vernon Morning Star noted the province’s $766,000 contribution to Okanagan College for Trades program seats in its online edition. Global Television also carried the story on its online channel, as did KelownaNow.
News of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival’s newest signature event, Iron Sommelier BC, to be held on May 9 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus was detailed in an advertorial of Okanagan Saturday’s May 2 edition. The event was a major portion of the feature by InfoTel. It also figured into the Kelowna Capital News coverage online.
The media buzz surrounding the Wine Festival also resulted in a mention of the Cool Climate Viticulture course offered in early May at the College’s Penticton campus in Allison Markin’s Penticton Herald column.
Inland Kenworth’s $50,000 pledge supporting Okanagan College’s Bright Horizons Building for Skills Campaign was featured in the Vernon Morning Star’s April 19 business section.
The generosity of Dale Lamb’s $50,000 donation to Okanagan College generated coverage in both KelownaNow and on Castanet.
On April 22, the Salmon Arm Observer promoted the Launch-a-Preneur event, jointly organized by community organizations and Okanagan College Enactus students. Entrepreneurialism was the topic of the evening and when the smoke cleared in the competition, it was Apollo Auto Centre that was the big winner as reported by the Salmon Arm Observer online.
The online edition of the Kelowna Capital News carried the news of the medal-winning ways of Okanagan College students and apprentices at the BC Skills competition. Castanet was right there with coverage as well. KelownaNow noted that a couple of the winners were off to the national competition
When OC Entrepreneur-in-Residence Dave Krysko won the City of Kelowna’s award for Man of the Year, Dave’s involvement with the College was mentioned frequently, including in Castanet coverage.
When the Northwest Wine Summit settled into the BC Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at the Penticton campus, Global News was on hand to report the opportunity that the tasting marathon presented for students. The Penticton Herald also ran a story, including a photo of the College’s Danielle Robinson assisting with set-up.
Coyotes winning three games in Kamloops was highlighted in the Kelowna Capital News’ April 22 sports pages. The paper also promoted the last home game schedule in its April 24 edition, and lastly reported on the season wrapping up with the team headed to Lethbridge in its April 29 edition.
College math professor Dr. Clint Lee’s dedication to coordinate the 25th anniversary of the BCSSMC math contest, and announcement of his retirement, was the focus of Kelowna Daily Courier’s article College prof sticks around for one more math contest. KelownaNow also covered the story.
The one-year anniversary of the Old Kelowna Facebook page, created by English Professor Dr. Shona Harrison, was celebrated in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s April 28 feature article titled Kelowna’s history hot on Facebook. The social media success also earned the attention of the Kelowna Capital News in its online edition.
College alumnus Donnie Ungaro’s win at the Venture Okanagan investor’s forum earned him a nod from Maxine DeHart in her April 22 Kelowna Capital News column.
Okanagan College Honorary Fellow Barry Lapointe, CEO of Kelowna Flightcraft, was also noted in DeHart’s column, as the company celebrates its 45th anniversary with a rebrand.
A keen eye for business news in the community, DeHart also captured in her column that Dennis Gabelhouse, a well-known businessman, retired general manager of Global Okanagan, and Okanagan College Foundation Campaign Chair, is opening a new marketing agency in Kelowna, CREW Marketing Partners, with business partner Josh Cairns.
The Kelowna Capital News Progress 2015 report featured updates on the Bright Horizons Building for Skills Campaign and highlighted success stories of trades students and the impact donors have on improving their learning opportunities. The Progress report also included an article exploring the upcoming Okanagan Centre for Innovation in downtown Kelowna.
The Kelowna Capital News explored the trades skills shortage in an April 29 article, speaking with Taylor Pro Training in Kelowna, and including commentary from Okanagan College’s Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship Steve Moores about how the College is partnering with industry and government to address this gap.
The Vernon Morning Star and Castanet both reported on the new showers that will be available at the Greater Vernon Athletic Park with funding having just been approved by the Regional District of North Okanagan.
The Institute for Learning and Teaching’s Director, Dr. Beverlie Dietze, contributed an editorial article in the Vernon Morning Star about the benefits of outdoor play for children published in the Unplug and Play April 2015 special section.
The Penticton Herald shared details of Seattle’s KIRO television news anchor Linzi Sheldon’s guest speaking at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus in July as part of the B.C. Youth Writers Camp.
Shaw’s Go!Okanagan filmed a segment focused on Bill Schoof’s donation of his lifetime of automotive tools to the College.
Enactus Okanagan College was among the organizations that received funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth in 2015, a fact captured by KelownaNow as it reported on the applications for 2016 funding.
Okanagan College’s presence at the RV show in Penticton was noted by the head of the organizing committee as he spoke to a reporter from the Penticton Western News.
A member of the OC Coyotes coaching staff, Garrett Wiese, has been asked to pitch in (sorry for the pun) with the Medicine Hat College Mavericks in the coming year. Wiese used to play for Medicine Hat, so it’s a return to his old stomping grounds, as noted in the online edition of the Medicine Hat News.
Mental health was the focal point for a video production involving several School District 67 students and 16 Okanagan College students, noted by the Penticton Western in its online edition.
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The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on May 19, 2015.