Celebrate 50 years of transforming lives and communitiesOn Sept. 27, 1963, the doors opened to the new BC Vocational School, which marked the beginning of a 50-year span of excellence in educating and training students. Along the way there have been many changes—amalgamations, building construction, and growth—but what has remained constant is the College’s commitment to students and the economic and social development of our communities.
On Sept. 27, 2013, we’re inviting all employees, students and friends to come celebrate this illustrious 50-year history at the Kelowna campus from 3-7 p.m.
For more information on the event, visit www.Okanagan.bc.ca/50
Your input will help inform employee recruitment website
With the goal of creating a new personnel recruitment website that will serve seven of B.C.’s Colleges and which will highlight the positive attributes of working at those institutions, the human resources departments of the Colleges have undertaken a new project and are looking for employee input.
Terry Fox run
Walk, run or bike with Team Okanagan College for the Terry Fox Run. Meet at Mission Sports Field on Sun. Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Lots of activities for participants and families to follow the run, dogs also welcome. Contact Angie March at 250-762-5445, ext. 4501 for more information.
A gathering of Nations
The fifth Annual Youth Exhibition Pow Wow takes place in the courtyard of the College’s Kelowna campus on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This year’s MC is Elder Richard Jackson Jr. and the event features the drumming artistry of Iron Mountain and Little Hawk. Students from schools throughout the Okanagan Nation and from around the province will also be taking part in the dance performances.
For more details, visit the Okanagan College website.
Employee documentary screeningCommunications Professor and documentary filmmaker Marc Arellano will be screening his newest film Spinning Green at the Food, Wine and Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Mary Irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna.
Debut novel for English Professor
Congratulations to Alix Hawley, Professor in the English Department. Her debut novel, All True Not a Lie in It, will be published as Knopf/Random House Canada's New Face of Fiction pick for 2015 (it will be out early that year). The work is a fictional first-person account of Daniel Boone’s captivity by the Shawnee. While her first novel, this is her second book. Her last was The Old Familiar, a short-story collection, in 2008.
New public affairs team member
The public affairs department added a new team member in August. Meredith Birchall-Spencer has taken on the role of Marketing and Communications Specialist left vacant by Karin Wilson. Meredith moved to the Okanagan from Toronto this past summer and has worked in the field of communications and journalism for more than 15 years.
Karin is now Campaign Communications and Marketing Specialist for Advancement & Alumni.
Sept., 10, 2013 Vol. 8 Issue 12
Extended IT Service hours
To further assist employees with technology issues, IT Services is extending Help Desk hours. From Sept. 9 to Dec. 6, an IT technician will be available from Monday to Thursday, 4:30-7:15 p.m., by dialing ext. 4444.
ILT Lunch and Learn Series:
Old Meets New: Mindfulness in the Wired Classroom
Are we losing our minds? The current generation of college students has grown up with and come to expect almost instant access to multiple forms of data and stimuli. This wired age has brought tremendous potential for learning, but has also amplified the distractions that compete for our students’ attention. Meaningful learning requires sustained self-regulated attention and humans are not wired for effective multitasking. As a result, many educators have turned to ancient contemplative practices and are now advocating mindfulness training for both instructors and students.
On Sept. 6, The Daily Courier profiled students past and present to showcase what a profound impact Okanagan College has on the lives of students and to promote the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations on Sept. 27. See 50 Years of higher education.
Tannis Nelson reported on the updates of the sports facility at the Vernon campus in the Morning Star on Aug. 25. See Progress continues on sports complex.
Jane Muskens, Okanagan College’s Registrar wrote about last-minute registrations and what programs are still available in the Kelowna Capital News on Sept. 5. Avoid last minute rush to enrol in Okanagan College classes.
Popular television weatherman, broadcaster, and former Okanagan College Honorary Fellow, retired after 40 years with CHBC and Global Okanagan. See Final Forecast.
Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Christine Ulmer.