Jan. 12, 2016, Vol. 10, Issue 20
The first convocation ceremony of 2016 will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Kelowna campus in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning. The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of more than 300 students with credentials in Arts, Business, Computer Science, Engineering Technologies, and Health and Social Development.
Family Award applications:
deadline Jan. 31, 2016
The deadline to submit applications for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award is coming up. The award is designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees in programs or terms starting between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2016.
Full award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan under “OC Express – Forms,” and then click on “Foundation.” All applications must be date-stamped at the Student Services Administration office in Kelowna (or at the Campus Administration office in Penticton, Vernon or Salmon Arm) by Jan. 31, 2016.
For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office or call (250) 862-5419.
2016-17 holiday season closures
The updated holiday season closures schedule is now available, providing information about the Dec. 2016 and early Jan. 2017 closures at the College with regards to observance of Statutory Holidays. Employees are encouraged to review this document to help plan for staffing during the holidays and vacation planning.
Coyotes Baseball fundraiser:
Sportsnet’s Gregg Zaun
Jan. 14 - Join Sportsnet’s baseball and Blue Jays analyst Gregg Zaun for a fundraising event benefitting the Okanagan College Coyotes. Enjoy an evening of appetizers and beverages from The Canadian Brewhouse, a silent auction and a 50/50 draw.
The event will be in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and available on the Coyotes website.
Roundabout Learning Series events
Jan. 15 – In “Proactive Moodling" Ross McKerlich, one of the College’s Education Technology Coordinators, will guide a workshop about common instructor tasks in Moodle that should be done early in the semester, and cover topics including configuring grades, groups, quizzes and assignments. The session will take place in room L203 at the Kelowna campus from 12 – 1 p.m.
Jan. 26 – In “LEAN Process Mapping to Improve your Business Practices” Registrar Jane Muskens will facilitate a session providing an effective LEAN mapping tool to help provide solutions to some common process issues faced in the workplace. Learn how to identify and resolve business practices and processes to streamline solutions to repetitive challenges, and also a method of inquiry to help you find the root cause of the process issues. The session takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room A131 at the Kelowna campus.
Jan. 29 – In “Project Management: Planning Phase” Business Professor Roger Wheeler will guide attendees through the planning phase of launching a new project including establishing tasks and activities, a realistic schedule and budget, and assigning resources to activities. The session is part of the Project Management Series and will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room L103 at the Kelowna campus.
For more information about these events please see the Roundabout website. Register for the workshops by email.
The announcement of Connie Denesiuk as the Chair of Okanagan College’s Board of Governors was reported across the region by media with articles published in the Penticton Western News, Vernon Morning Star, Kelowna Capital News, Okanagan Saturday, KelownaNow online, and also in a brief by business columnist Maxine DeHart in the Kelowna Capital News. The Penticton Herald also included Denesiuk and her role as a Liberal candidate in the fall federal election in the year-end biggest news stories of 2015 round-up.
Donors to the Bright Horizons: Building for Skills fundraising campaign continue to capture media interest. The Okanagan Saturday shared details of the $50,000 contribution by Anthony’s Subaru in the article Subaru comes thru. Okanagan Life Magazine and KelownaNow online also shared the news.
Meanwhile, the Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna Daily Courier, and KelownaNow chose to highlight the $32,000 donation by Jim and Yvonne Lamb of Vintage Design to help with the carpentry shop renovations.
The Vernon Morning Star’s article Trades given a lift reported on The Joyce Foundation’s $250,000 cheque given to the College in December that is helping to create entrance bursaries.
Read about the $50,000 donation by Cookson Motors, in honour of the owner’s father who founded the business, in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s article Cookson memorial, also in the Kelowna Capital News’ Donor honours father’s legacy, and online at KelownaNow.
In Openings forecast in education assistant field, the Salmon Arm Observer reports how the College is working with the North Okanagan Shuswap School District #83 to ensure the training of EA’s in anticipation of a gap resulting from retirements.
The Salmon Arm Observer also reported on tutoring available through the Okanagan College Volunteer Adult Literacy/Numeracy tutoring program. Read more in Free tutoring offered to adults.
It was a good news day when the Lake Country Food Assistance Society received keys to its new building. The College’s Vernon Residential Construction program students contributed 6,600 hours of work on the charitable project. Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton was on hand to witness the event, and was interviewed by Global Okanagan. Read more in the Kelowna Capital News article Keys to new food bank building handed over.
The Vernon Morning Star helped promote that Sportsnet’s baseball and Blue Jays analyst Gregg Zaun will speak at an Okanagan College Coyotes fundraiser event on Jan. 14 in the article Zaun all about Jays.
Business Administration degree student Faye Hughes’ excellent project work developing an HR manual is getting noticed by the esthetician industry as a valuable resource. Read more in the Okanagan Sunday article Student’s HR project could benefit entire industry. KelownaNow also shared Hughes’ success.
Business students raising funds for cancer research also caught the eye of news editors. The Kelowna Daily Courier shared with readers a photo and article about the Okanangan Business Students’ Association organizers of the Stash Bash fundraiser.
Associate of Arts Vernon student Daniel Green won the College's annual 3-Hour Short Story contest, as reported in the Vernon Morning Star on Dec. 18.
The Okanagan Saturday reported that Okanagan College students are heading to the Queen’s University I.C.B.C. competition to show off their business acumen and skills in the article Kingston-bound.
Prospective trades students from School District 22 toured the Tolko Lavington Division Plant as part of a glimpse into the Dual Credit Trades Foundation program offered at Okanagan College. Read more in the Vernon Morning Star’s article Students explore career opportunities.
Fourth-year Hospitality Management student Maik Uhlmann, who is also a concierge manager at the Delta Grand hotel, received two scholarships at the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association AGM, as reported by the Business Examiner, the Kelowna Capital News, and the Okanagan Saturday.
College award recipient Steven Steed who earned two entrance awards and the John and Nancy Woodworth Award to help him pursue his nursing studies was featured in the Kelowna Daily Courier's article about the fall award ceremonies at the College.
Valley First Credit Union gave some Okanagan College Enactus students the opportunity to perform random acts of kindness by giving them Dashbands pre-loaded with $12 to carry out random acts of kindness, such as paying for people’s coffee, groceries and gas, as reported by the Okanagan Saturday.
Kaylin Smith, a second-year Human Service Work student at the College is featured as a Top Forty under 40 nominee by the Kelowna Daily Courier.
The upcoming Science in Society Speakers Series event with Dr. Katie Gibbs that will discuss the role of science in politics in an era of a new federal government made headlines in the Westside Weekly on Jan. 8, and also in the Okanagan Saturday Jan. 9 edition, and the Vernon Morning Star online.
Another popular event, the Canadian Culinary Championships and its Gold Medal Plates competition returns to Kelowna next month and was included in a brief by Maxine DeHart in the Kelowna Capital News.
The announcement of a proposed amphitheatre at the Vernon campus was a hot topic in the news, with input from both supporters and those opposed being captured in articles. Read more about the announcement in the Business Examiner’s Amphitheatre proposed for Okanagan College campus, the Vernon Morning Star’s Amphitheatre plans unveiled at OC and Neighbours protest theatre plan, and the Kelowna Daily Courier’s Neighbours not enthused about amphitheatre and also in Amphitheatre foes to pump up volume. Watch the Global Okanagan news segment here. Diane Bond, Managing Director of the Okanagan Festival Society also contributed a letter to the editor in the Vernon Morning Star’s Dec. 18 edition.
In a year-end round-up and outlook for 2016 for Vernon, the Business Examiner included the Greater Vernon Athletic Park at the College’s Vernon campus noting that it has “received rave reviews from those involved in athletics.”
The Vernon Morning Star helped spread the word that LNG Canada announced $1 million in funding to support apprentices through a training fund and included a quote from the College's Dean of Trades Steve Moores.
The Kelowna Daily Courier explored how a simulation mannequin at UBCO is helping train nurses. The article referenced the partnership between Okanagan College and UBCO where nursing students can complete their first two years of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the College.
OC Culinary Arts alumnus and instructor Jeremy Luypen worked with the Kelowna Gospel Mission and RauDZ Regional Table restaurant to host a dinner for 20 homeless and low-income seniors. Read more in the Kelowna Daily Courier's article Dinner and gifts.
Alumna Kelsey Serwa earned a silver at a World Cup ski cross race in Italy which was widely reported by the Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna Daily Courier, and Okanagan Sunday newspapers. The Kelowna Capital News also wrote a feature article about Serwa’s return to competition after a year-and-a-half break.
Another sporty alumna, Kelly Scott will pursue her seventh B.C. Women’s curling title in Coquitlam this January. Read more in the Kelowna Capital News article B.C. Scotties Curling.
Central Okanagan Regional Dean Heather Schneider, Honorary Fellows Raghwa Gopal and Robert Fine, and Alumni John Perrot and Donnie Ungaro have joined the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission’s advisory board. Read more in the Okanagan Saturday article 43 people on economic advisory board.
Honorary Fellow and renowned singer Robert Fine was the guest soloist at the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert held in December, as reported by the Penticton Herald.
The Summerland Review reported that former Finance employee Juergen Krieger has passed the Chartered Professional Accountants Common Final Exam (CPA CFE).
The Summerland Review and the Penticton Herald shared the news of contributions to the Penticton Regional Hospital made by College Honorary Fellow Yasmin John-Thorpe, and her husband Rick Thorpe, who have both been long-time donors to the College.
The Okanagan College Faculty Association is giving away 30 cheques for $1,000 to current and former College students to help eliminate student debt, as reported by the Kelowna Daily Courier.
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