It was standing room only on
Monday in the $28 million Centre for Learning in Kelowna as government
officials, College leadership, staff, students, neighbours and partners
celebrated the official opening of the new building. Okanagan College president
Jim Hamilton and Board Chair Janet Shaw were joined by the Honourable Steve
Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission, Regional Dean Heather Schneider and Andrew
Nelson, of the Okanagan College Students’ Union to address the group
of more than 200 people who attended the event.
Despite having been open to staff and students for more than three months, Monday’s celebration offered users of the building and those who were involved in its development the opportunity to reflect on the building’s significance and thank all of those who were involved in its successful completion.
During his remarks on Monday, president Hamilton said “I think that the building we are standing in is proof that structures can be much more than walls that house activity. They can be powerful symbols in themselves, and the Centre for Learning is testament to Okanagan College’s steadfast commitment to collaboration, student success, sustainability and the further development of our institution as we pursue our mission of transforming lives and communities.”
Follow this link to a photo gallery or visit the media section to watch clips from the opening or to read headlines from the event.
On Sunday, Nov. 1 the Kelowna campus transformed into a hub of science displays, information booths, culinary demonstrations (and tastings), and recruitment opportunities during the 28th annual Okanagan College Career Fair. New to the fair this year was the inclusion of Science World’s Community Science Celebration, which drew a crowd of young science enthusiasts. With the Centre for Learning as a venue, a number of exhibitors lined the walkways of the agora and the atrium floor to offer information to participants. Carl Doige and Nadir Ould-Khessal captivated students with their chemistry and robotic displays, both of which were interactive and engaging. Other departments from Okanagan College were represented in the Pit, where greeters Darleen Lajeunesse and Sandra Mendoza inspired fun with their neon glasses from Continuing Studies.
Trades and Technologies shops and labs were open to the public, as were Health labs, complete with Practical Nursing staff who were on site to offer blood pressure checks to visitors. The Okanagan College Alumni Association hosted a barbeque, which saw crowds of people line up for tasty burgers, both meat and veggie alike.
The 28th Career Fair saw the return of longstanding partners such as Dr. Barbara Coughlin, the Kelowna Fire Department and OSTEC. New exhibitors such as VANOC made Career Fair exceptional and diverse with great opportunities for students and the community. Check out a photo gallery from the day.
In an effort to support
sustainability and address at least some of Okanagan College’s parking
dilemmas, IT Services has created a Carpool website exclusively for faculty and
staff at its four campuses.
Anyone interested in becoming part of a
carpool is asked to visit the site (which can be found in myOkanagan by
following the Requests and Notices page in the Employee tab) and complete the
required information. Users will remain in the database until such time as they
wish to discontinue. Staff may wish to try it for a week or two to determine
whether or not it will work well for their schedules.
Okanagan College is offering
a new scholarship program to reward area high school students who have helped
their communities. The Okanagan College Community Spirit Awards are $1,000 tuition
scholarships that may be applied to any Okanagan College program.
will deliver 40 scholarships annually to high school students who have a record
of service to their school, their community, or both. Recipients must also have
a grade average of at least 65 per cent on their Grade 11 and 12 courses to
“We really want to encourage those students who share the College’s goal of being supportive to the communities we serve,” explained Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “A $1,000 scholarship will let recipients know that their efforts are valued. We see a lot of evidence of a well-developed sense of social responsibility among our students and want to encourage that.”
The awards will be distributed throughout the Okanagan College region – six going to Shuswap Revelstoke area students, eight to North Okanagan students, 18 to Central Okanagan students, and another eight to South Okanagan students.
The deadline to apply for the Okanagan College Community Spirit Award is March 5, 2010. Application forms will be made available on the Financial Aid and Awards website in late January 2010 at www.okanagan.bc.ca/financialaid.
Susie Welch, a first-year Human Kinetics diploma student at the
Penticton campus, has been selected to represent the City of Penticton and
carry the Olympic torch through the city on Jan. 25, 2010. Penticton has been
named as one of the 189 communities that will be a designated celebration
community as the torch passes through 1.030 communities in Canada on its way to
the opening of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
As the torch bearer, Susie will
carry the torch for the final 300-metre run to the South Okanagan Event Centre,
where she will light the portable cauldron at approximately 1:15 p.m. Susie is
a graduate of Princess Margaret Secondary. She was nominated for the honour
based on her history of volunteerism with organizations such as Ironman Canada,
the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, 10 Thousand Villages, West Bench Elementary School events, the Rotary
Okanagan International Children’s Festival and many other groups. Her
nominators recognized her passion for school, her commitment to her community
and her spirit of citizenship.
Okanagan College held its
annual employee recognition dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Kelowna
cafeteria. The College recognized the contributions of 106 employees who
reached benchmark years of service – 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 (no 35’s this year).
The event also recognized staff who are retiring in 2009.
After serving Okanagan
College for 27 years, Laura Neame is retiring from her position as Director of
Library Services. Join friends and colleagues on Wednesday, Dec. 2 as they host
a celebration in her honour from 3 – 5 p.m. at Infusions on the Kelowna campus.
The celebration will offer free appetizers and desserts – a cash bar will be
Many parents came to admire the library and commented on how excellent and exciting the whole Centre for Learning is.
The library was a resting place for weary visitors and a staging place for participants in the robotics demos outside. Community members had a chance to ask about library membership cards, the renovations, and to ask questions on careers in libraries.
The Kalamalka Campus
Library is pleased to welcome Karen Bright as the new Kalamalka Campus Library Assistant. Karen is the successor to colleague Anne
Caughlan who recently retired after 19 years as Campus Library Assistant.
Karen brings a great deal of experience to her new position after many years in a supervisory capacity in the public library system in Alberta and subsequently 15 years of service at Okanagan College Library in various areas including technical services and circulation services.
Over the years Karen’s keen interest in current events, local to global, coupled with her creativity, have resulted in well researched social and political awareness displays such as community gardens, factory farming, tar sands, Afghanistan, and many more topics.
has been invited to read a paper at the Many Norman Bethunes symposium, at
Dawson College, in Montreal, on Nov. 13. His paper is entitled: “Norman
Bethune: Wounded in Love,” which examines Bethune’s conflicted relations with
his parents, and the effect that conflict had on his later emotional life – his
unsatisfying and tortured affairs with women, and his deep love and caring for
sick and wounded children.
November 10, 2009 Vol. 3 Issue 15
Human Resources is pleased to introduce ELMS, a leave administration system developed in collaboration with IT to automate the processes for submission and approval of leave requests.
Enhanced features and functionality available in ELMS include:
- On-line access to view and submit leave requests through a standard web browser.
- Paperless submission, electronic routing, approval, storage and retrieval of leave records.
The new functionality in ELMS will be activated in My
Leave Balances and/or My Staff Leave Balance following attendance at one of the
Earlier this year, due to a
court decision in Barbour vs UBC, which challenged UBC’s legal authority to
issue and collect fines for parking infractions, UBC as well as other
post-secondary institutes in British Columbia ceased issuing parking tickets.
Okanagan College suspended the issuance of parking fines in April of this year
and chose to use towing as a parking enforcement tool, which commenced in
Continuing Studies Vernon is
offering a 12-day hands-on management training certificate training program.
This course will be useful for anyone who is new to being a supervisor or those
who are looking to maximize their personal effectiveness. The course begins in
November; contact Sarah Hanson for more information.
College will host two more Convocation ceremonies in 2009 with the graduation
of Practical Nursing students in Penticton (Dec. 17) and Kelowna (Dec. 18). Public
Affairs is looking for one volunteer for each of the ceremonies to assist with
greeting grads, their guests, and handing out programs.
Volunteers are needed for one hour, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. If you would like to help greet grads, their guests, hand out programs, and assist with holding doors open for the procession, please contact Karma Lacoff.
from UBC Okanagan will be at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College on Nov. 18 to encourage College students and staff to give blood. BC is the only
province in Canada that cannot sustain its own blood supply and relies on other
provinces to supplement BC’s supply with their surplus.
The goal of the
students from UBC Okanagan is to create awareness and increase education
regarding the importance of blood donation. The group will set up information
booths in the Pit and will be booking appointments for Okanagan College at the
Dilworth Blood Donation Clinic. The students will also be offering
transportation to and from campus to the Clinic for students who may need such
Congratulations to Charlene Wyatt in Penticton who won last week's payday draw for $527.50. 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.
16 - Kalamalka Speakers Series: Keeping the Arts Alive presents at 12:30 p.m.
in the Lecture Theatre: From the Hand to the Keyboard: Letterpress Tradition
and Digital Technology in the Classroom with Okanagan College instructor Jason
Dewinetz (English/Fine Arts & Publication Design). Jason is a writer,
publisher, graphic designer & typographer and is the founding editor,
publisher & designer of Greenboathouse Press, a small press publishing hand-printed
limited editions by writers from across Canada and which received its fourth
consecutive Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.
Nov. 17 - Kalamalka Speakers
Series presents A Second Chance with Restorative Justice with Margaret Clark,
Restorative Justice Coordinator City of Vernon RCMP Safe Communities Unit. The
event will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Classroom D221. The theme of Restorative
Justice Week 2009 (Nov 15-22) is "Communities Responding to Human Needs.”
Restorative justice is part of the extrajudicial measures which came about as a
result of people searching for alternatives in dealing with young people in
conflict with the law.
The program provides services to both young
people, adults that are also affected and/or in conflict with the law.
Guardians/supporters are also affected and involved. This event is free.
For more information please contact the Kalamalka Campus Library 2247.
Also discussed will be the steps the magazine takes, from gathering
submissions to the publishing process. Other:___ has been a stepping stone for
many new writers and artists trying to find their way in the world of
publishing. This event takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre and is
free. For more information please contact the Kalamalka Campus Library 2247.
In his Global Citizen
column, Stan Chung wrote about the
intelligence of the human body and importance of paying attention to the
signals our bodies send us. Read more in: The Body Electric.
Similar to the energy system used to heat part of the College’s Kelowna campus, the City of Kelowna is looking to develop district energy systems to serve area’s like Rutland and more. Read more in the Daily Courier article: City energy exchange more than just hot air.
The College and its 3 Steps Forward program have been awarded the Communities in Bloom sustainability award, with a five-bloom rating, the highest possible in the competition. Read more in the Courier article: OC basking in heat of sustainability award.
Okanagan College alumna Kelly Scott and her team will begin the Olympic curling season. Read more in: Scott hot, Ursel cold heading into Olympic pre-trials.
Okanagan College initiated a new scholarship for high school students who have shown commitment to their community. Read more in the Daily Courier article: OK College to laud service minded grads.
In her weekly School’s In column, Interim Registrar Jane Muskens compared the education systems and outcomes of Canada to India and China and National Education Week and the College’s career fair. Read more in: Canada has it pretty good compared to India, China and Science World exhibit at Okanagan College career fair.
A Vernon Morning Star article highlighted musicians from the valley raise money to put roofs over some heads, proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. Read more in: Everyone deserves a home.
The Courier covered School District 23's anniversary of connecting students with employers and the opportunities open to them after high school. Read more in: Career Life programs celebrate 20 years.
Singers Fjellgaard and Valdy came to the Okanagan to perform in their annual pilgrimage to support of the George Ryga Centre in Vernon. Read more in the Morning Star: Journey is steeped in emotion OR, Still in the running, the Summerland Review: Valdy and Fjellgaard to perform or the Penticton Herald article Juno winners form The Contenders.
The Penticton Herald covered the Okanagan Crusaders hockey team’s road trip to the coast. Read more in: Crusaders fall to SFU, clip UFV.
The 2009 Business Excellence Awards honour community members such as Robert Fine and Mark and Todd Regier and were covered by the Capital News and Business Thompson Okanagan. Read more in: Small Business Week award winners and Excellence winners celebrated.
The Centre for Learning celebrated its grand opening and was featured in the Daily Courier and Penticton Herald. Read more in: Big idea with small carbon footprint and Centre standing out, Centre for Learning in LEED, Centre for Learning opens today.
The 28th annual Career Fair featuring Science World was highlighted in the Okanagan Saturday and Daily Courier. Read more in: Everything from plumbing to poli-sci and Career outlook fair to good.
The Penticton Western News and Daily Courier covered the Education Shouldn’t be a Debt Sentence campaign. The protest at the Penticton campus highlighted students struggle with tuition costs and the ramifications once they complete their education. Read more in: Students facing financial barrier, Students protesting B.C. debt sentence, and Students buried under mountain of debt.
The OCSU Drop Fee’s campaign was covered by the Penticton Herald. Read more: Students make a statement.
Matt Cameron’s company CTQ Consultants are honoured in awards ceremony. Read the Business Thompson Okanagan article: CTQ firm wins Big Business of the Year.
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questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public
Affairs c/o Christine Ulmer.