Next Steps kicks off next week

It is not too late to register for Next Steps! Anyone who is interested in attending but has not yet registered can go online and register. Next week, staff from across the institution will gather on Thursday and Friday to take part in the second annual employee learning conference - Next Steps. A broad range of workshops and learning symposia will be offered in conjunction with social activities designed to promote internal networking. Staff will get a chance to look back over the past year's growth and success while contributing valuable input into this year's conference theme, Students First. Registrations are being accepted online until the end of day Monday, Aug. 20.

Fifth Next Steps winner announced

vernaCongratulations to Continuing Studies' Verna Simpson. Verna's name was drawn last week as the fifth winner of the early bird registration draw. Verna will receive a $50 gift card from Costco.

Construction underway on new Kelowna courtyard

Construction has now begun on the Kelowna campus courtyard project and is progressing well. Regional Dean Heather Schneider would like to thank all staff for their patience and understanding of the level of noise associated with construction.
cyard2For anyone unsure of the plans for the courtyard, the following is a quick update: The pond area is being filled in and much of the concrete is being broken up to make way for the mature trees that will be planted all around the courtyard. The two concrete planters on the walkway to the Library will be removed to make way for more trees and seating areas. The larger trees on the north side of the courtyard area will be replaced with hardier, mature trees. This will maximize space for larger events such as convocation, and will allow for the planting of more trees that will provide better shade, are hardier and will contribute to a more consistent appearance throughout the courtyard. We are investigating to see if we can use the wood from the trees that are replaced in the new stage structure coming as well as for the benches or patio areas.

Home for Learning - Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm's fourth Home for Learning Residential Construction project wrapped up yesterday with an open house and official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Fourteen students in the program built the 1,900 square-foot home with guidance from instructor Matt McLenehan. Project partners included the Shuswap Construction Industry Professionals (SCIP), School District 83 and Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union.  To view the work of the Residential Construction students, take a drive by the home located at 3081 30th Street NE in Salmon Arm.

Business students use their skills for the good of the community

Students enroled in Okanagan College's BUAD 339 course got an opportunity to use their business and marketing knowledge to positively impact some local non-profit organizations this summer. The course, Social Entrepreneurship, saw 25 students develop 19 projects with the aim of providing solutions for the specific business needs of their clients. The applied business projects include work such as developing marketing plans, volunteer strategies, databases, surveys and brochures for a range of organizations including: Crossroads Treatment Centre, the Kelowna Community Food Bank, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Westbank Museum, to name a few. The students presented their final projects to their colleagues, faculty and clients in a series of business presentation held this week at the KLO campus. For more information about the course, contact Professor Kyleen Myrah.

Get an Edge

Okanagan College's counselling services and AACP department are offering a four-day student success course designed to prepare students and introduce them to the skills, knowledge and attitudes that contribute to student success in college. Introduction to College Studies (ICS 099) will take place from August 28-31 at the Penticton and Kelowna campuses. The course is free to all students admitted at Okanagan College. To register, go online or visit the Kelowna or Penticton campuses in person. For more information call 862-5488 in Kelowna or 492-4305 in Penticton.

Find out what's new in Continuing Studies:
fall brochures coming soon

Continuing Studies will launch their new fall brochures in the coming week. The brochures will be available at all four campuses and the Revelstoke Centre. Distribution dates are as follows:
Central Okanagan - Aug. 19 & Sept. 9
South Okanagan - Aug. 19
North Okanagan - Aug. 19 & Sept. 9
Shuswap/Revelstoke - Available through Canada Post during the last week of August

Kelowna’s orientation plans in full swing 

Exciting plans are underway in Kelowna to welcome students back this fall. Thanks to our many volunteers, College greeters will be stationed throughout the KLO Road campus welcoming students as they arrive on Sept. 4. A traditional noon hour BBQ will be held on the first day as well as some new initiatives.

All registered students will receive a phone call and personal welcome to Okanagan College (those calls are underway right now), greeters will be scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, “ask me” staff will circulate on campus, the information table will be located in the breezeway, campus tours will be available, staff will provide support and service to students in lines and many social and recreational events have been organized for the week and month. For a list of the activities organized for September follow this calendar link.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Angie March.


News of the release of Okanagan College's Frances Greenslade's second non-fiction book appeared in the Vernon Morning Star: Professor publishes second book.

The success of Advanced Culinary Arts graduate Shannon Roussel's victory at the Gladmat International Culinary competition was featured in the Kelowna Capital News: Young chef with global reputation has roots in Kelowna.  A second article from the Kelowna Daily Courier included a few of Shannon's award-winning recipes for Norwegian halibut and red king crab  and Okanagan semi-cured salmon.

The Revelstoke Times Review published a feature article about the community's first Residential Construction project, A Home For Learning. Find out more about the Okanagan College program by reading: College construction project in high gear or check out an article by the Business Thompson Okanagan, Generosity fuels Home for Learning project.

A profile of Okanagan School of Business student and entrepreneur, Andrew Gaucher, appeared in the Kelowna Daily Courier. Read about Andrew's company, Green Solutions Building and Developments and how, at the age of 22, he is gaining respect as a general contactor, business owner and full-time degree student in, Young builder keen on green.

The Kelowna Capital News ran a story about the strong numbers expected for enrolments in Okanagan post-secondary institutions. Read what Public Affairs Director Allan Coyle had to say about projected enrolment at Okanagan College in, Enrolment numbers still healthy.

The Penticton Western ran a feature article about the experiences of a group of Japanese exchanges students taking part in Okanagan College's Nova Academy in the South Okanagan. Read more about the group and the need for more host families in, Exchange bridges ocean of differences.


Okanagan College poets continue to shine in CBC's A verse to summer

francesOkanagan College English professor Frances Greenslade was featured on the CBC this morning as she presented her poem describing the experience of a first summer as a Canadian citizen. Frances' poem follows on the success of her colleagues Jake Kennedy, Alix Hawley, Mary Ellen Holland, Jason Dewinetz and Sean Johnston.

The program is hosted by CBC's Marion Barschel and topics are suggested by listeners. Last week Sean Johnston took on the topic of a first trip across Canada. Listen to Sean's poem and stay tuned for a poem by Regional Dean John Lent.

Okanagan University College alum named Head Coach of Kelowna Rockets

huskaRyan Huska credits great timing for enabling him to step into the role of head coach of the city's premier hockey team, the Kelowna Rockets. Born in Cranbrook, Huska pursued a career in professional hockey, first playing for the WHL memorial cup winning Kamloops Blazers, the American Hockey League and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks.

In 2000, Huska enroled in OUC's business administration diploma program and graduated in 2002. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2004, specializing in finance. Huska credits his education for providing him with the experience and skills needed to coach a top hockey team.

"I am looking forward to using more of my business training in this new role," said Huska. "I rely on my degree experience every day when I interact with kids. In every business course I took at OUC I was expected to be able to present my ideas and speak in front of my peers. The level of comfort that I feel in doing that allows me to be a better coach."


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 August 31, 2007.
August 17, 2007, Vol. 1 Issue 10


Educational technology workshops for faculty

A series of educational technology workshops for faculty will take place from Penticton to Vernon during the last two weeks of August.
Penticton - Aug. 31
Kelowna - Aug. 27-29
Vernon - Aug. 20-22
For details or to register, go online to the Edtech website.

Rotary seeks people for exchange trip to South Korea - April 2008

koreaRotary Clubs in the Central Okanagan are currently looking for team members to be part of a cultural and vocational exchange to South Korea departing April 6, 2008 and returning May 3, 2008. As a team member you will be part of a five-person team led by a Rotarian and will live with Korean families, visit Korean business and learn the culture of the country. Travel and living expenses are covered by Rotary, with team members responsible for some expenses (approximately $500). Note that all team members must be adults between the ages of 25-40 and employed full-time. Rotarians and lineal descendants or spouses of Rotarians are not eligible. Previous overseas experience is not necessary.

For further information or to fill out an application, visit: the Rotary website

Positive Spaces campaign

The Okanagan College Students' Union has spent the last few months developing a Positive Spaces campaign for the campuses. This campaign is an initiative intended to raise the visibility of a safe and supportive College environment. Positive Spaces aims to foster a welcoming atmosphere on campus for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by identifying spaces where diversity is supported and valued.
The OCSU has created a rainbow sticker that can be placed on your office door to let students and staff know that you support the Positive Space campaign. If you are interested in getting a sticker please stop by the Student's Union office or email Jonathan Degenhardt.

50/50 winner announced

Congratulations to Deb Matheson from IT Services who won today's payday draw for $422.50. 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 (Landmark V, Kelowna) or online.

Kelowna campus parking and security update

To address some of the parking issues at the KLO campus, the following changes have been made in the parking areas of Campus Road East and the East side of the “C” building.
* The roadway along Campus Road East and the East side of the “C” building will now be designated Student Parking only, as marked by signage.
* All of Lot #4 will now be designated as staff parking only.
To increase security on the KLO Campus we have installed yellow iron gates at either end of Campus Road West. One gate is between the cafeteria and facilities management building and the other is located at Lot 17 near the Skaha residence.  These gates will be closed nightly at 11 p.m. and will re-open again at 5 a.m.
Staff are requested to park in either lot #6 off Campus Road East or lot #16 along KLO Road if they attend campus after 11 p.m. or expect to remain on campus past 11 p.m. Should you find yourself inside the gates past closure, you may call security at 317-2435 to let you out.

Continuing Studies welcomes two new program coordinators to the South Okanagan Similkameen

Linda Kirbyson and Julie Creaser will join Okanagan College this summer as program coordinators for Continuing Studies.
Linda started on August 13 and brings a wealth of skills and experience to the department. In addition to several years of Human Resources experience, Linda worked as a recreation leader for the Township of Langley for ten years. Linda also has a strong entrepreneurial background, having owned and operated a successful tourism business.
Julie will start on Friday, August 24 and has a strong marketing and communications background. Her most recent experience was with the Marketing and Communications Department of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. She has also worked as a communications coordinator for the Alberta Library. Her responsibilities in these roles included media relations and the development of marketing tools such as brochures and websites.

Nail Technician program planned for Salmon Arm

With 12 students enrolled in the July 2007 intake of the Esthetician Certificate program, Salmon Arm Continuing Studies seems to have hit the mark in meeting the demand from local business. Continuing Studies is now planning a new Nail Technician program. This 400-hour certificate program, which is subject to Education Council and Board of Governors approval, is scheduled to start in October. CS also plans to offer a variety of non-credit programs for the general public including courses on skin care for teens, protecting your skin from the harsh winter and a one day session for spas and salons showcasing the latest equipment used in the esthetics industry. For more information on any of these programs please call 1-866-352-0103.

New faces in Arts and Foundational

Arts and Foundational programs have three new instructors on board for the fall. Leora Dahl will teach Psychology, Sean G. Johnston will join the English Department and Jillian Garrett will teach Communications.


Aug. 23-24 - Next Steps 2007. Join colleagues for this year's employee learning conference at the Kelowna campus. All College staff are invited to attend one of the two days to receive professional development, network with colleagues and provide feedback on issues affecting Okanagan College, its staff and students. For more information about Next Steps or to register, go online or contact Marian Gruber or Michelle Lowry.

Aug. 24 - The 2007 graduating class of Practical Nursing will celebrate their achievements at a convocation ceremony at the Kelowna campus lecture theatre at 1:30 p.m. Contact Stephanie Paul for more details.

Aug. 29 - New staff and faculty orientation at the Penticton campus. Contact Lynda Rae for more information.

Aug. 30 - Okanagan College is hosting a Home Support Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA) information session from 2-4 p.m. at the Vernon Campus in room D212. The six-month HS/RCA program trains students to work in continuing care facilities and home settings. The HS/RCA program will be offered at the Kalamalka Campus in Vernon beginning in November. For more information about the program or the information session, call 545-7291.

Sept. 4 - Fall semester begins at Okanagan College

Sept. 7 - Celebrate the first week back at Okanagan College during the First Week Fling. The fling gets underway on the Kelowna campus from 4-8 p.m., includes music and events and is hosted by Athletics and Recreation and the Okanagan Aboriginal Students' Association. For more information contact Christy Cave.

Sept. 12 - Penticton will host a Home Support Resident Care Attendant Information Session. Contact Cathy Shultz for more information.

Sept. 12 - Student Appreciation Day will take place at the Revelstoke centre with coffee for students from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sept. 12 - Revelstoke's first Home for Learning Residential Construction project will wrap up the program with an open house event. Anyone interested in touring the home built by students can contact Leslie Bogula for more information about the event.

Sept. 13 - Join in the fight against cancer by participating in the Terry Fox Run at the Kelowna campus. The event will be hosted by Athletics and Recreation.