Take time to connect with colleagues

Connections 2012 logoRegistration has been extended until midnight on Wednesday for employees to take part in this year’s Connections 2012 conference, taking place at the Kelowna campus Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22.

Spend the day learning more about new developments in social media, copyright law, various new technologies including Moodle, harnessing the iPad in class, and the basics of Prezi, the presentation software.

There's also room to focus on personal development through programs on confidence building, meditation, and hands-on experience in health and safety. A complete workshop schedule is available here.

This annual event offers numerous opportunities to discover new connections with colleagues throughout the College system.

To register, click here.

In an effort to keep it green, there will not be any bottled or canned beverages at Connections.  Please bring your own refillable beverage container to fill with a variety of drinks that will be available. 

Okanagan College appoints new Director, Learning and Teaching

brooksThe first Dean of the Okanagan School of Business and one of Okanagan College’s longest-serving employees is now taking on the newly created role of Director, Learning and Teaching.

Dr. Jayne Brooks has spent the last year in an interim role developing the position, which includes providing leadership for the College’s Institute for Learning and Teaching.

“Through her long association with the College, Dr. Brooks has developed a thorough understanding and appreciation of the College’s objectives,” said Dr. Andrew Hay, Vice President, Education.

“This position further establishes the College’s commitment to providing the best learning experiences and highest program quality standards using the most progressive and proven techniques available today,” Hay said. “It’s essential that the College have someone in this position to provide the required leadership, and I’m confident Dr. Brooks will fill that role admirably.”

To read the full media release, click here.

Room bookings

The fall 2012 stable enrolment date is Sept. 14, 2012. What this means for staff and faculty in Kelowna is that room bookings required for the Fall semester, for events other than academic, foundational, vocational and trades courses, will only be allowed after Sept. 14.

Some room booking exceptions that would be considered prior to this date are: 
  • Bookings required for Saturday or Sunday  
  • Evening bookings 
  • Orientation-type bookings (not already scheduled for Sept. 4 through Carolyn Hopkins) – contact Michelle Reed

The Kelowna scheduling office reserves the right to bump events booked prior to Sept. 14, 2012
. The people responsible for booking rooms are: 

  • Kim Snyder (4625) academic, vocational and foundational course bookings and final exam bookings
  • Michelle Reed (4614) internal event bookings
  • Lois Harrold (4544) external event bookings
  • Marie Crossley (4231) trades bookings

Room booking requests for the new semester – submitted to Michelle Reed - will be processed starting Sept. 17. As a waiting list is not kept, please do not send requests until after 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14.


Dahl checks off Georgia Strait

Leora Dahl Georgia StraitPsychology Professor Leora Dahl checked the Georgia Strait off her list of challenging swims August 11 in her run-up to attempting the English Channel next year.

Dahl took part in a relay swim across the Strait from Sechelt on the Mainland to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island - a roughly 35-km swim.

The six-person relay team completed the course in 10 hours and 46 minutes, while battling strong currents and winds. The team is scheduled to take the English Channel challenge in July 2013.





Aug. 14, 2012 Vol. 7 Issue 9



Back to Regular hours at Okanagan College

Just a reminder to all Okanagan College employees that summer hours 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. for those departments that are participating, will end on Friday, Aug. 31.  Regular hours 8:30 a.m.  – 4:30 p.m. will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. 

2012-13 Holiday Season Closure

There have been a few employees inquiring about the 2012-13 Holiday Season Closure.  Please refer to the attached memorandum that was posted on March 27 in Inside Okanagan College.

Help welcome this year's new students

Organizers of Orientation Day at the Kelowna campus are seeking volunteers. Orientation takes place Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 7:30 a.m. until noon. Volunteer shifts will be one or two hours long.

Opportunities include: morning greeters, parking lot coordinators, information table staff plus set-up/take down.

Anyone interested can contact Carolyn Hopkins at ext. 4469.



The Penticton Herald reported that Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton and Tom Styffe, vice chair of the Board of Governors, appeared before Penticton city council to announce the arrival next May of the 2013 Association of Canadian Community Colleges. Read: College to host Ideas Uncorked at Trade and Convention Centre.

The life of community leader, philanthropist and businessman Mel Kotler, who served as Okanagan College’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, was honoured at a special event held in Kelowna. Read: City bids farewell to Mel, from the Daily Courier.

Media picked up a news release about the College making changes to its metal fabrication program. Read: College flexes metal program, in the Vernon Morning Star, and Metal program bends to fit times in the business section of the Daily Courier.

The Okanagan College Coyotes hockey team’s decision to fold received considerable coverage. Read: OC hockey program iced in the Daily Courier, and Coyotes howl no more from the Capital News, and Coyotes extinct, Morning Star. Russ Winslade was also interviewed on CBC Radio’s Daybreak program and a story appeared on the AM1150 website.

Allan Coyle, Director of Public Affairs, stepped in to fill the vacationing shoes of Jane Muskens with a column on the need for registered and practical nurses. Read: Registered and practical nurses are in demand from the Capital News.

EVent! magazine ran a media release announcing the winning writers who will be taking up residence at Mackie Lake House. Read: Mackie Lake House announces winners of writer-in-residence program.

Culinary Arts instructor Geoffrey Couper, who also owns Corked Cook Food and Wine Company, was among a group of celebrated Okanagan chefs who took part in an Okanagan Symphony Orchestra fundraiser. Read: Feasting in the Vineyard, from eVent! magazine.

Okanagan College co-hosted the Association of Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada conference.  Read: Eco-art workshop to be followed by naturalists’ talk from Okanagan Sunday, which highlighted the participation of professors Jake Kennedy and Kevin McPherson, and, from the Summerland Review, Cannings to read at summer series.

Okanagan College student Jena Huber experienced an unexpected millionaire’s view of Perth while on a Rotary Adventures in Tourism program. Read: Tourism grad gains insight into luxury lifestyle Down Under, a media release picked up in the Capital News.

Premier Christy Clark learned about Salmon Arm’s efforts to bring the Okanagan College campus into the downtown core. Read: Premier peruses plan, from the Salmon Arm Observer, plus a letter to the editor.

There’s concern that plans for a Greater Vernon sports complex have stalled. Read: Sports complex on sidelines, from the Morning Star. Read the paper’s opinion: Sports complex can’t be ignored, and a community member’s thoughts when he appeared before Vernon council in Former councillor slams GVAC directors.

A former Okanagan College student and now policy officer with the United Nations World Food Programme spoke about his passion with the Salmon Arm Observer. Read: Global concern.

The Morning Star focused its lens on Okanagan College chemistry professor Scott Richardson during the Scotia Bank Secret Formulas Camp at the Okanagan Science Centre. See: Cool Chemistry.

Former student Shaina Pinkenburg, now with FortisBC, shared energy saving tips with residents at the Schubert Centre. See: Spin for Saving Tips, from the Morning Star.

An engaging teaching style, combined with a passion for embracing technology in the classroom, has earned Okanagan College professors Carl Doige and Melissa Munn teaching excellence awards. Read: Tech-loving prof earns college award, in the Morning Star.


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