For the sweet love of pastry
Droves of lucky Kelowna employees and students were treated to a special Winter Indulgence dessert buffet hosted by the Pastry Arts program on Jan. 30 in the cafeteria. The event featured decadent cakes, French macarons, tarts, cream puffs and more.
What’s your Golden activity?
Employees and students across Okanagan College are getting into the Golden Day of Service spirit and registering for volunteer activities. On Feb. 14, International Education staff and students are doing a beach cleanup in Kelowna and Continuing Studies staff are spending time at the SPCA.
To commemorate this collective spirit of giving, we’re encouraging everyone to record their volunteerism and send photos and details to Public Affairs, post to Okanagan College’s Facebook page, or broadcast it on Twitter with the hashtag #ocgoldenday.
Kung Hei Fat Choy
This year’s celebrations for the Lunar New Year focused on showcasing how the holiday was spent in all the home countries of Okanagan College’s Asian students, not only China and Taiwan, but also Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Korea.
The interactive event opened with the Dragon Dance led by Mr. Lee from the Chinese Freemasons Club. The emcee was Xinyuan Peng (Yoyo) from the Chinese Student Union who made a presentation depicting the key features of Chinese New Year.
Activities included learning lantern craft, Chinese character writing with a traditional brush and ink, and mastering chopsticks. Traditional foods such as dumplings and coconut buns from the Asian Pear were served.
“The Chinese New Year committee thanks Wen Lee, our student event coordinator, the International students who volunteered, the International department staff, students from the Audio Engineering program and all those who came out and celebrated this very important holiday,” says Heather Carson, Recreation Assistant Coordinator.
Okanagan College hosts Canadian Culinary Championships
Toronto Chef Lorenzo Loseto won the Canadian Culinary Championship, which took place this past weekend at the Delta Grand and Okanagan College in Kelowna.
Board leadership remains consistent
Tom Styffe and Connie Denesiuk have been re-elected to serve as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of Okanagan College’s Board of Governors for another year.
Poetry goes late-night
An enthusiastic crowd packed the Streaming Café on Friday, Feb. 7 for G’Morning Poetry: A late-night humour talk show live.
Hosted by Okanagan College English professors kevin mcpherson eckhoff and Jake Kennedy, this free poetry-inspired take on a late night talk show featured readings, standup comedians and musical guests. The crowd especially loved the Alphabet essayist and poet Sharon Thesen.
To watch the event, visit the LiveStream broadcast of the show.
Strengthening alumni connections to the College
Okanagan College Alumni Affairs recently launched a new online platform called netCommunity to keep the College’s 50,000 alumni connected long after they leave.
“We wanted to gift our alumni with a way to maintain those old friendships and link with like-minded people who have a shared experience,” said Okanagan College Alumni Relations Coordinator Katerina Hay.
For more information, read the press release.
Library Services welcomes Jennifer Heppner
A familiar face around Okanagan College is the new Assistant to the Director for Library Services in Kelowna.
Jennifer Heppner will join Library Services on Feb. 12. She has several years’ experience with Okanagan College in a variety of roles, including vocational instructor, college professor, distance education tutor, and administrative support in departments such as Public Affairs, Arts and Foundational, and Science, Technology and Health.
Susan Moran earns her CGA
Susan Moran, Analyst, Accounts Receivable, has fulfilled all the Certified General Accountant requirements and earned her CGA designation.
Coble to lead Student Services
James Coble has been selected as Okanagan College’s new Director of Student Services. Coble has been with the college since 2001 providing leadership and student support in Aboriginal education. Since last spring, he has also been providing transitional leadership to the department as Acting Manager of Student Services.
“I’m excited about the challenge,” says Coble. “I hope to bring what I’ve learned working with Aboriginal students to the general student population: to meet students where they’re at and give them the tools to take ownership of their education and their own their success.”
To learn more, read the press release.
Kristine Ritchie shares her story for Variety
Kristine Ritchie, Accounts Payable Clerk in Financial Services, and her family appeared on Variety’s Show of Hearts Telethon on Global BC TV on Jan. 25-26.
Variety is a children’s charity that helps kids who live with life-threatening illness or serious physical/intellectual special needs. Ritchie’s five-year-old son, Brendan, was diagnosed with a serious illness called Pulmonary Hypertension in December 2012.
The telethon, which was held at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, raised more than $6.6 million for the charity and the families it helps. While participating in the telethon, the Ritchies’ were surprised with jerseys and tickets to the Vancouver Canucks hockey game on Jan. 26 at the Rogers Arena.
To watch an interview with the Ritchie family, click the following link. Brendan’s story appears near the bottom of the page.
Okanagan College library in the news
The current issue of the BCLA Browser, the newsletter of the B.C. Library Association, features an article by Okanagan College Librarian Michelle Ward. In it she highlights the work of Okanagan College Library employees at all four campus libraries in creating displays that promote the use of library resources. To read the article, click here.
OC’s prison break
Melissa Munn, an Okanagan College sociology professor from Vernon, recently did a lengthy radio interview on The Prison Radio Show at McGill University’s radio station, CKUT 90.3 FM. The show aired on Jan. 30.
Professor's literary battle
Kelowna author and Okanagan College English professor Sean Johnston has a short story going head to head with eight other short stories as part of Deathmatch, a literary competition hosted by Canadian independent arts magazine, brokenpencil.
Feb. 11, 2014 Vol. 8, issue 22
IT Services updates the App
The Okanagan College App has undergone another upgrade and now boasts even more features, including events, contact information for emergencies, Inside Okanagan College newsletter link, and access to the Bookstore.
The App now supports the Blackberry platform—in addition to Apple and Android. The app is free to download and includes a variety of resources and information for students. Go to the App Store to ensure that you have the newest version.
Applications open for 2014-15 Innovation Fund
Okanagan College employees can now apply to the 2014-15 Innovation Fund.
Education Council call for nominations
Education Council is looking for nominations for two support staff representatives and six portfolio faculty representatives for two-year terms running from Aug. 1, 2014 to Jul. 31, 2016.
Nominations are open from Feb. 7 to 21. Elections will be taking place from Mar. 10 to 14.
Volunteers needed for Arts and Science Info Night
Arts and Science University Transfer Info Nights are designed for prospective students who want to find out about starting their Arts or Science degree at Okanagan College; why they should chose Okanagan College; how to transfer credits to B.C. universities and more. Volunteers are needed for the following events in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon:
Register now for Half Marathon event
Run don’t walk to register now for the Okanagan College Half Marathon on Apr. 6. Participants have three distances to choose from: the half-marathon, the half-marathon relay and the 10 km. Lace up your sneakers, strap on your fuel belt and get training.
Visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/halfmarathon for information and registration details.
Studio Woodworking demonstration
The Studio Woodworking program in Kelowna is hosting a Tool Demonstration from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks on Feb. 21-22. This is a rare opportunity to see high-quality hand tools and fine woodworking in action. Fri. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and the Sat. from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; in the Trades Building, room T102, Kelowna campus. For more information, visit www.studio-woodworking.com.
ILT Lunch and Learn
Accountability vs. Autonomy. How do provinces and post-secondary institutions balance accountability with institutional autonomy? Okanagan College's Dean of Shuswap-Revelstoke Jim Barmby recently completed his dissertation on the relationship between Alberta’s universities and the governments of Premiers Peter Lougheed, Don Getty and Ralph Klein, in comparison with similar policy developments in B.C.
Ekahi Method Book Launch
Okanagan College Therapist Assistant instructor Dr. Brett Wade is hosting a book launch for the Ekahi Method at the Kelowna campus bookstore on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The author will be giving a presentation on the method he created that teaches people to tap into their own base frequency to improve their health and relationships. Tea will be served and Wade will be available to answer questions and sign books after the presentation. For information, contact Brett Wade.
Explore the science of superheroes
Having the power, agility and speed of the world’s greatest superheroes may seem like it can only happen in comic books, but according to neurobiologist E. Paul Zehr, it is possible.
The Canadian Culinary Championships, which took place Feb. 7 and 8 in Kelowna at Okanagan College and the Delta Grand made headlines, see Chef, Instructor and judge Perry Bentley discusses the Canadian Culinary Championships, Culinary event finds a home in Kelowna, Contest cranks up heat on chefs, Chefs get cooking today, and Chefs ready for the culinary Grand Finale.
It was announced that James Coble will become the College’s new director of Student Services. See WFN advocate takes on leadership task, New college director works his way up, and Familiar face takes on new role at Okanagan College.
An upscale dessert gala showcased the talents of Okanagan College’s pastry arts students, see Sweet event set for Feb. 14, and OC Pastry Arts students excited to showcase upscale desserts.
Eight Okanagan College students received Irving Barber grants, see Aboriginal students sharing in awards.
Okanagan College professors develop groundbreaking new course on sustainability, see New course breaks online learning barriers.
Okanagan College’s Practical Nursing program gets attention for its 50 years of training nurses in the valley, see OC provides nursing tradition, Info session on practical nursing, and Learn about career in nursing.
Therapist Assistant program Instructor Brett Wade is hosting a seminar in Kelowna on Feb. 15, see announcement in Kelowna Capital News.
The Okanagan College Baseball team opened their 2014 season in Florida, see Coyotes heading south for spring training.
Okanagan College Coyotes’ baseball coach Jared Johnson showed midget players how improve their technique, see Warming up for spring.
Okanagan College is joining eight other B.C. post secondary institutions in the Skills Bridge Research project, see Project measures skills training.
Penticton area author, naturalist and honorary fellow, Richard Cannings hosted a book launch, see Cannings to sign copies of new book.
Okanagan College was the location of a BCGEU event on home support for the elderly on Feb. 6, see B.C. ombudsperson leads discussion on home support.
A UVic neurobiologist will speak at the Science in Society speaker series at the Vernon campus on Feb. 15, see Professor studies superheroes.
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