Colleges form green building consortium

Four of Canada’s prominent colleges are joining forces to bolster the country’s training and innovation in sustainable building technologies and renewable energy.

Ontario’s Durham College, Alberta’s Lethbridge College, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and Okanagan College recently signed an agreement linking the institutions’ training and projects that are related to sustainable buildings and renewable energy.

Under the agreement, they will work together to plan and co-ordinate program development, applied innovation projects and connections with industry and various federal and provincial agencies.

“This is a great example of co-operation among colleges across Canada which are committed to education and innovation vital to sustainability,” says James Knight, President of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. “Each college is already demonstrating leadership in its region and province. Co-operating nationally with industry and other partners will add more value to their efforts."

The agreement was born when college executives realized that an ad hoc consortium was developing as the individual institutions shared successes, approaches, and ideas with each other as they were developing programs and facilities.

From left, Durham College president Don Lovesa, Lethbridge College President Tracy Edwards, ACCC President James Knight, and Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. Missing from the photo is NSCC Acting President Don Bureaux
“We’re working closely together with each other and with industry in this area,” explains Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton.
“In many instances, we’re at the leading edge of new sustainable facilities and want to ensure everyone benefits from what the others are learning – and teaching.”

“A strategic partnership of this calibre is not only beneficial to the sustainability initiatives of our institutes, but to all our students across Canada,” says Tracy Edwards, Lethbridge College CEO and president. “We’re working towards having a nation of socially responsible citizens and couldn’t be more excited at the possibilities.”
You can read the full story here. . .

Welding program starts in Princeton

annsmall2.jpgAnn Jewell started last week with a new purpose.

The 50-year-old Hedley resident is among more than a dozen students who commenced a 24-week Okanagan College welding apprenticeship program in Princeton.

Her new purpose?

“I’m going to excel in this class.”

Jewell has long worked in the construction industry, but doesn’t have a credential that can sometimes make finding work easier. And lately, her search for work has proven difficult.

“When I saw the brochure and saw that Okanagan College was going to offer the welding program in Princeton, I was really interested and excited.”

The program was being offered close to home, and she’s being supported by a provincially-funded initiative called Women in Trades. “This is a wonderful opportunity. I can’t say enough about Women in Trades.” Read the full news release here.

Providing perspective on Pow Wow

powwowsmall.pdfOkanagan College's Kelowna campus will again play host to the annual Youth Exhibition Pow Wow this September, but staff, students and the public will have a chance before the Sept. 23 event to find out more about what's behind a Pow Wow.

Richard Jackson, of the KiLowNa Friendship Society, will be a guest speaker in Adeja Chrisara's Anthropology 230 class on Tuesday, Sept. 21 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rm E302) to discuss the cultural significance of pow wows, as well as the different types of dances and regalia. The class will be open to the public, staff and students, but you're requested to indicate if you plan to attend, in case interest outstrips the classroom capacity. Contact Aboriginal Recruiter Marcy Trotter (ext. 3264).

Short List for Ryga Award for Social Awareness unveiled

There’s no shortage of talented writers who are grappling with the social issues of the day, as the judges for the eighth annual George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in B.C. writing and publishing have learned.

The George Ryga Centre, BC BookWorld, CBC Radio One and Okanagan College have announced the shortlist for this year’s George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC writing and publishing. In alphabetical order (writer’s last name), the top three books submitted for the award are: God Of Missed Connections, by Elizabeth Bachinsky (Nightwood Editions), A Thousand Dreams, by Larry Campbell, Neil Boyd & Lori Culbert (Greystone), and Where The Blood Mixes, by Kevin Loring (Talonbooks).

“Once again, we received a large field of well-written submissions this year,” observed Okanagan College’s John Lent, who is among the readers assessing the submissions. The other readers are Reg Kienast, Jane Maskell, Ken Smedley and Liz Wallberg. “It’s maybe a sign of these times that this award draws such strength from the writing community, so many strong responses. If anyone ever thought writers weren’t engaging in the issues of our times, the books submitted for this award would convince them otherwise. In the end, these three books – a piece of non-fiction, a book of poems and a play – were the books that kept insisting themselves forward.”

You can read the full story here. . .


Kushner steps in to acting role in AFP

In the wake of Stan Chung's departure, Vice President Education Andrew Hay has announced that Charlotte Kushner will serve as Acting Dean of the Arts and Foundation Portfolio until Robert Huxtable’s planned return at the end of December, when Robert's secondment to the Vice President Education’s Office is scheduled to conclude.
Charlotte will have benefit of the support and advice of  AFP’s Associate Deans, Craig McLuckie and Kathy Hamilton.  While  Charlotte will officially remain as Director of Continuing Studies, some of her responsibilities and duties will be assigned to CS Managers Jo-Anne Yacheson and Joanne Thomsen.

Pfob service Wednesday

Many people were shaken by the news of Ralf Pfob's death in a motorcycle accident in Washington State earlier this month. A service for Ralf, who worked as a lab technician and instructor in Mechanical Engineering Technology, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. You can read the obituary here.

Korean student's health returning

The 23-year-old study tour student from Korea who suffered a near drowning in Kalamalka Lake on July 23 has now returned to Korea and his health continues to improve. He flew from Vancouver late last week. Family and friends report he is planning on returning to school in the fall.

krystlesmall.jpgWomen in Trades Alumna helps promote program

Vernon carpentry apprentice Krystle Babott didn't hesitate at all when the call came for someone to help promote the Women in Trades program in Vernon. She's a big believer in the program and was more than willing to tell the world about it. Read Krystle's story in a Public Affairs press release. The release promotes an Aug. 23 information night in Vernon.

Aug. 17, 2010 Vol. 4 Issue 10


annualreport.jpgFoundation Annual Report online

Did you know that since 2005, the Okanagan College Foundation has given out more than $3.4 million in awards, scholarships and bursaries to 4,300 recipients? Want to learn why Clare McManus and Michael Griffin, two retired OC profs, have chosen to focus some of their philanthropic energies on the Foundation? You can find out in the 2010 Annual Report of the Okanagan College Foundation - it's available as a PDF (2 megabyte download).

Deadlines approach for Family Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award. Full award criteria and the application form can be found in "My Okanagan", under "OC Express - Forms" and "Foundation".
All applications must be date-stamped at the Welcome Centre in Kelowna or the Campus Administration office at your campus by Sept. 24. This round of applications is for programs starting between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31.

Please direct any questions that you may have about the Okanagan College Family Award to the Kelowna Campus Financial Aid & Awards Office at 862-5419.

50/50 winner announced

Congratulations to Siri Marken from Therapist Assistant Program, KLO Campus who has won the Friday August 13, 2010 payday draw for $ 512.50!

All Okanagan College employees are eligible to participate in the Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery. If you wish to sign up, registration forms are available from Dawn Douglas (Local 4774) in the Advancement & Alumni/Okanagan College Foundation office (located in P103, KLO Campus), from Human Resources, or online.


You can still register!

Connections 2010 is almost here! If you have not already registered, there is still time. Follow the link to get there and join us on either Wednesday, August 25 or Thursday, August 26. Prizes will be awarded to the best represented department, so grab a colleague and kick off the upcoming year with a great event.
If you have any questions, please contact Kaya. We look forward to seeing you there.

tendays.jpgTen Days of Ed Tech

Join Educational Technology Co-ordinator Mike Minions for orientation and exploration workshops Aug. 23 – Sept. 3.
Session topics include:
  • Blackboard,
  • Powerpoint,
  • Making Friends with your Faculty Laptop.
Details and registration online
Please invite any new instructors in your department.

News about the near-drowning and recovery of a 23-year-old Korean study tour student hit the air on KISS 107.5 fm in Vernon, as well as the pages of the Vernon Morning Star.

Danielle Hofer, who was recently featured in an Okanagan College radio commercial promoting fall programs, was featured in the Good Deeds page of the Daily Courier, when she received a scholarship from Rick Thorpe and Yasmin John Thorpe.

A second bus from Vernon to the UBC Okanagan campus (with a stop at the Kalamalka campus) was the topic of a North Okanagan Regional District meeting in early August, as reported in the Vernon Morning Star, but an earlier letter to the same publication from Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick posed the question of why a second bus is needed for UBCO when Okanagan College has been looking for later bus service to serve the Kal campus.

Ralf Pfob's death drew the attention of the media throughout the Pacific Northwest. The story was first reported in the Spokane Spokesman Review, and was later picked up by online news provider Castanet, as well as the Daily Courier. His obituary appeared in today's edition of the same paper.

Okanagan College's supporting role with the Okanagan Partnership was mentioned as the latest initiative from the Partnership was rolled out: Our Okanagan. The website is intended as an online resource where local businesses can showcase their products and services.

The news release pertaining to the appointment of Doug Manning and Sunddip Nahal continues to play out in the media. The latest use of it was in the Kelowna Capital News on Aug. 1 and in the Vernon Morning Star on July 30.

Stan Chung's Global Citizen column in the Okanagan Sunday focused on the importance of gratitude. The message? Take time to give thanks - it's good for you.

The news about the consortium of colleges banding together to focus on sustainable buildings was captured briefly in the Daily Courier, more fully in the Summerland Review, as well as on Wire Service Canada, and on the ACCC website, as well as in Ken Steele's daily national Academica column.

Jane Muskens' column on Aug. 15 focused on B.C.'s work on student outcomes and how it demonstrates that tax dollars and tuition are yielding the results that we would hope for. Her August 6th column looked at a study of post-secondary students that provided some insights into what students choose (and why).

CBC Daybreak South's Verse to Summer - co-produced by Jake Kennedy - continues to play out the themes of this long, smoky season. Frances Greenslade was challenged by a listener to compose a poem about "What do when my Ice Cream is Melting" and further constrained to compose half the poem of things she overheard. The result is taste-temptingly delicious. This week UBCO's Anne Fleming has been left with the task of deciphering the meaning of the summer solstice . . .

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, Aug. 31, 2010.