Salmon Arm campus, community, opens Aboriginal Gathering Place

SarmThe Salmon Arm campus welcomed community partners, staff and students to the opening of the new Aboriginal Gathering Place earlier this month.

The Honourable George Abbott, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation was joined by dignitaries and Chiefs from the Splatsin First Nation, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Métis Nation, Adams Lake Indian Band and Neskonlith Indian Band, among others to cut the ribbon on the new facility.

The Gathering Place will offer study space for students at the Salmon Arm campus and marks the completion of the development of dedicated space for Aboriginal students at each of Okanagan College’s four campuses.

The event provided an opportunity for community and cultural partners of Okanagan College to remark on the importance of increased access for learners in the region.

Puck to drop at Okanagan College

crusadersPresident Jim Hamilton met with directors of the Okanagan Crusaders Hockey Association to sign the agreement that will include Okanagan College in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL).

The Okanagan College Crusaders will begin playing this October against competitors from six other teams in the BCIHL: Selkirk College, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, Trinity Western University, the University-College of the Fraser Valley and the University of Victoria.

The BCIHL is a full contact competitive hockey league comparable to Junior “B” level of play. All BCIHL games are refereed, recognized and governed (rules enforced) by the BC Amateur Hockey Association.

To find out more about the team, its schedule and roster, visit: or check out a video clip from

Geert Maas sculpture unveiled at Vernon Campus

Okanagan College celebrated the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Okanagan College and Kyoto Tachibana University in Japan at a media event last week. The event included the unveiling of a sculpture, which was commissioned to commemorate the occasion.

The sculpture, entitled “Destiny,” was designed by Geert Maas and will remain at the Kalamalka campus. An identical sculpture will be unveiled on Oct. 24 at Kyoto Tachibana University in Japan, by Chairman Yutaka Umemoto, when President Hamilton visits the institution later this fall.

NTEN students benefit from Jordy Koenig TELUS Scholarship

Three second-year Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology students were honoured with the Jordy Koenig Scholarship at a presentation this week.

The class of NTEN students were visited by Dr. Dianne Crisp, Steve Jenkins, TELUS General Manager for BC Interior, and Mitch Galloway, Director of Network Assurance for the BC Interior and Island.

Recipients of the scholarships include:
Sasha Golin (Gold - $2,500)
Michael Stathers (Silver - $1,500)
Alexander Affeld (Bronze - $1,000)

Each of the recipients is a returning second-year student, enrolled in full-time studies.


Sustainability: students, employees, campuses, communities

Congratulations to the presenters, participants, and the organizing team for making this year's event a great success! Nearly 400 College employees attended over the two days where they enjoyed great weather, inspiring activities, and kick-off-the-year socializing with friends and colleagues, both new and old.

Your feedback is important to us - whether you were able to attend or not, please take a few minutes to fill out a very quick online survey or feel free to contact Kaya with any comments, suggestions, or recommendations for making next year's event even better.

Were you unable to attend Connections? We've posted some video of the day, including the Okanagan College video and several of the afternoon learning sessions on the Public Affairs website.

Regier brothers named finalists in Business Excellence Awards

RegierThe Kelowna Chamber of Commerce announced its finalists for the Business Excellence Awards this week. Among those named were Okanagan College alumni Todd and Mark Regier.

The Regier brothers are among three businesses in the category of Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition to being named finalists for the Chamber award, the Regiers are this year’s recipients of the Okanagan College Young Alumni Award.

The Regiers will be honoured by Okanagan College on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the 2009 Alumni Awards. Launi Skinner, COO and President of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will also be honoured at the event with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Tickets are now on sale for the dinner reception and can be purchased through Kat Hay (early bird prices in effect until Sept. 30).


Celebrate Phil Beckmann’s retirement


After more than 29 years with Okanagan College, Phil Beckmann, Dean of Science, Technology and Health, is retiring. A celebration in his honour will be held on Sept. 24 at 3:30 at Infusions. A cash bar will be available and appetizers will be served. Come wish Phil farewell and good luck in his future endeavours. Anyone wishing to contribute to a parting gift for Phil can stop by H104.

Kalamalka staff to retire

Charlotte Donaldson of the AACP Department at the Kalamalka Campus and Anne Caughlan of the Library Services at Kalamalka are retiring from Okanagan College. Family, friends and colleagues will help them celebrate on Saturday, Sept. 26, beginning at 4 p.m. in the cafeteria in Vernon.

A casual BYOB barbecue with music and conversation is planned. Tickets for this event are $12 per person and can be purchased by contacting Donna-Leigh Goodman (local 2258). Please RSVP by September 18.

Barb Marchand launches solo exhibit SYILXMarchand

Okanagan College Honorary Fellow Barbara Marchand will open her solo art exhibition SYLIX at the Penticton Art Gallery on Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. The exhibit will run through Nov. 8

Culinary Arts students take learning outside the classroom

culinaryChef Geoffrey Couper and his Professional Cook 1 class recently visited local producers Dale Zeich and Donna Dennison at the their farm, Little Creek Gardens, in West Kelowna. Dale and Donna produce an award-winning organic greens mix as well as the hugely popular Little Creek salad dressing.

In addition to showing the apprentices around the farm, Dale and Donna sent the class back to Okanagan College with a complimentary box of beautiful greens to work with in the lab kitchens. They also provided a great learning opportunity for students as they shared their wealth of knowledge on the subject of salads and sustainable farming.

Arnica Rowan’s family doubles in size

arnicaArnica Rowan, professor in the Okanagan School of Business, and her husband Jason are happy to be home again in Canada with their lovely twin three-year-old girls: Acacia Kenna and Simone Setota.

Although the family's adoption was two years in the making, their adoption agency suddenly went bankrupt in July and Arnica flew to Ethiopia to pick up the girls on six hours notice. She spent seven weeks there, getting to know her lovely girls and their amazing country, and waiting for the immigration paperwork to be finished.

Arnica will be returning to teaching at Okanagan College in the fall of 2010.

September milestones for Okanagan College staff

MuskensTwo of Okanagan College’s employees celebrated birthday milestones this month. Congratulations to Jane Muskens, Interim Registrar, who turned 50!

Jane was presented with a high visibility vest to ensure everyone who sees her knows that she may be guilty of middle-aged crimes (see vest for details: eg. “caution – high pant warning!”

JamesMAlso celebrating this month was IT Services’ James Maguire – he turned 60 and was treated to a celebration hosted by colleagues.


Sept. 16 – Okanagan College and The Canadian Federation of University Women will present LISTEN to the Whispers, a seminar about the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. The free event will take place on Wednesday evening from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Kelowna Lecture Theatre. To register or learn more about Ovarian Cancer Canada contact the Pacific Regional Office Toll-free at 1-800-749-9310 or email

Sept. 21Penticton Speaker’s Series - The Faces of Ethiopia, David Northcott
The Okanagan School of Business recently offered a new course Entrepreneurship & Development in Emerging Nations that included a field trip to Ethiopia. This presentation will highlight some of the challenges of people living in extreme poverty, as witnessed by the students and faculty on the field trip. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre. Contact Kaya for more information.

Sept. 27 – Wear your red shirt and join team Okanagan College for the Kelowna AIDS Walk on Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Island Stage at Waterfront Park. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the walk to follow at 11 and awards at noon. Please contact Linda Moore for more information or to register. 

September 15, 2009 Vol. 3 Issue 11


IT Services System Maintenance Schedule

A number of hardware and software upgrades are planned over the next few weeks that will result in some services being unavailable during the maintenance period. Some of the planned sessions are to implement vendor-supplied changes to resolve specific problems; others are to provide additional functionality. While IT Services strives to minimize the impact on students, faculty and staff, some service interruption is unavoidable.

Follow this link for a schedule of the planned shutdowns or go to the IT Services web page and click on System Maintenance.




Sunday, Sept. 20
6:30 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Firmware upgrade to Storage Area Network (SAN)

Tuesday, Sept. 22
2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 22
4 p.m.

Upgrade FAST Finance and WebReq

Friday, Oct. 9

Tuesday, Oct. 13
8 a.m.

Upgrade Banner & myOkanagan

IT Services apologizes for any inconvenience caused by these maintenance sessions.

Library Website Revision

As the result of a usability study conducted by the Library last winter and a review of the site by Okanagan College’s Student Connections, the Library substantially revised its website over the summer. Changes include a less cluttered home page, more user-friendly terminology, and more precise subject access to online research resources.

One consequence of the revisions is that some pages do not display in Internet Explorer version 6. It is recommended that employees update the browsers on their computers to Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 3.5. (If you choose to install Internet Explorer 8 you may need to reduce the security settings). All student-use computers at Okanagan College have already been updated.

For more information about the website or the usability study, contact Ross Tyner, Web Services Librarian (Kelowna campus, Local 4660). If you need assistance with upgrading your browser or changing security settings please contact the IT Service Help desk, Local 4444.

Fitness Schedule at Kelowna Campus now available

The above fitness classes are free for staff!
Click on this link to view the full size calendar.

Finance Update

Bobby Gidda in Accounts Payable will be taking a four-month leave of absence from October to January. He will be replaced by new auxiliary employee, Kristine Ritchie, who will be handling the M-Z invoices in his absence.

Oct. 5 marks the start of the 2009 Canada Savings Bond Campaign. Please stay tuned to Inside Okanagan College for additional information on how you can purchase your bonds. Bonds are only on sale during the month of October so don’t delay in making a decision! If you have existing bonds, this will be your opportunity to increase your purchase amount or make other changes. Decreases can be made any time throughout the year either online or via payroll.

Student study space in Centre for Learning

Staff are encouraged to share the following information with students at the Kelowna campus who may be interested in booking study space in the new Centre for Learning.

Students can book study and meeting spaces in the new building by going to the Ed Tech Center (E217) or phoning 250 762 5445 local 4844. They must leave their Okanagan College Student ID card in exchange for a key to the door. The maximum booking is two hours between 8 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Once student IT Monitors have been hired, the rooms will be available for booking during the evenings and weekends. There is also an open study space on the third floor –E 311, which can be used by students at any time and does not have to be booked.

Adult Education Series offered at Vernon Campus

Continuing Studies in Vernon is offering a three-part series specifically designed with the adult learner in mind. The series was developed to provide teachers with proven techniques for preparing, conducting and improving your class and will be facilitated by Bruce Mol, M.Ed.

Understanding the Adult Learner
Oct 24, Sat, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Effective Course Design
Nov 7, Sat, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Managing the Adult Learning Environment
Nov 21, Sat, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Contact Continuing Studies in Vernon for more information or to register.

Fall Putting Classic to return

The Kelowna campus of Okanagan College will host its annual Fall Classic Putting Competition on Monday, Sept. 21. This year’s theme will celebrate the diversity of Okanagan College Departments so get a partner and a team name and represent your department (or someone else’s) with flair. The event will be held in the courtyard, contact Angie March for details or to register.

Fourth Annual Continuing Studies Instructor Retreat

Okanagan College Continuing Studies instructors from Revelstoke to Oliver (and everywhere in between) are encouraged to mark their calendars to attend the fourth annual retreat on Oct. 17, 2009.

Presenters will include Mike Minions, Stan Chung, Michael Douglas and more. You don’t want to miss this great event. Watch Inside Okanagan College for the full schedule and registration information.

50/50 winner announced

Congratulations to Steve Robinson Sr. from Facilities Management in Kelowna who won last week's payday draw for $512.50. 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.


The opening of the Aboriginal Gathering Place in Salmon Arm was covered by the Salmon Arm Observer. Read more in: Centre enhances Aboriginal learning.

The opening of the Okanagan Research and Innovation Centre, which will be located in the new Centre of Excellence at the Penticton campus, was announced in the Okanagan Saturday. Read more in: Business incubator launched.

In an article for the Capital News, Okanagan College’s Director of Public Affairs, Allan Coyle, outlined the importance of post-secondary education as an investment in the economic future of the province. Read more in: Education an investment in our future.

Allan Coyle, Okanagan College’s Director of Public Affairs, and UBCO’s Deputy Vice-chancellor were interviewed after the provincial budget was announced. Read more in: University evades budget hit.

In her weekly column for the Capital News, Okanagan College’s Interim Registrar, Jane Muskens, focused on how classes and programs are developed within post-secondary institutions, the various bodies that make such decisions, and the impact those decisions have, both inside and outside the academic environment. Read more in: New courses must pass under status quo microscope.

Norm Letnick, MLA Okanagan-Mission wrote about the implications of the provincial budget, both for post-secondary education and for the individual, in his report published in the Capital News. Read more in: Provincial budget meets the challenges set by our economy.

Okanagan College’s Elvia Picco had an article published in Beyond 50 magazine. Read more in: Rediscovering your language skills.

Stan Chung, Associate Dean of Arts and Foundational, was the keynote speaker at World Suicide Prevention Day. Read more about it on

The signing of an agreement which will see the development of an Okanagan College hockey team, the Crusaders, drew interest from the local media. Check out a video on or read the Daily Courier brief.

The baseball season is underway again for Okanagan College’s team. Read more about the players and coaches and their plans for this year in: Full roster for OC baseball.

Stan Chung marks World Suicide Prevention Day in his column, Suicide is not what you think, with a personal look at the impact suicide has on the lives of friends and family.

Okanagan College alumni Todd and Mark Regier (collision repair and business administration) were announced as finalists for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs of the Year award. The awards will be presented at a banquet on October 21. Read more in: Business excellence finalists announced.

The YM/YWCA of the Central Okanagan, which runs the Little Scholars Daycare, was featured in an article about an employee's eyebrow piercing. Read more in: Workplace order a stab in back.

Okanagan College’s Stan Chung provided the keynote speech following a walk marking World Suicide Prevention Day, held in downtown Kelowna on Sept. 12. Details of the walk, and statistics on suicide can be found in: Walk set to support suicide prevention.

Provincial Minister of State for Climate Action, John Yap, made a stop at Okanagan College’s new Centre for Learning, while on a tour of the area’s green buildings and facilities. Read more in: Green initiatives impress provincial minister.


Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Christine Ulmer.

The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.