First grads of 2012 don cap and gown

gradsIt took just over four hours to honour the achievements of 340 Okanagan College graduates in a series of ceremonies on Saturday, Jan. 14 in Kelowna.

Two-hundred-and-sixty-three graduates from programs in Engineering Technologies, Arts and Foundational, Science, Business, Health and Social Development were recognized at the morning ceremony of Winter Convocation and 77 Practical Nursing graduates were celebrated at an afternoon ceremony that included students from programs that finished in August and December of 2011.

The Winter Convocation graduates are the first of Okanagan College’s class of 2012. A greater number of graduates will earn their credentials at Convocation and Commencement ceremonies in June.

Last year Okanagan College presented 2,503 graduates with degrees (167), diplomas (410), associate degrees (78), certificates (990) and Continuing Studies certificates (858).

Business students pack a 1-2-3-4 punch

icbcVictory was in the air for Okanagan College as the top awards were presented at one of Canada's most renowned business case competitions earlier this month.

Four of the five Okanagan College teams who attended the prestigious Inter-Collegiate Business Competition at Queen’s University finished in the top three spots, this after earning a spot in the final rounds – the result of a solid performance in the preliminary round.

"The best way of summarizing the results is by saying it was  huge celebration," said Dr. Heather Banham, who traveled with the College team to the competition and was on hand as the awards were presented. "It's safe to say that Okanagan College was noticed."

The team of Zach Webster and Bianca d’Errico broke new ground for Okanagan College, winning the Ethics competition.

“The ethics team proved they truly understood the case before them,” said Dr. Barry McGillivray, who coached the ethics team and watched every Okanagan team participate.

The team of Josh Widmann and Mike Naito were coached by Randy Newton and Margery Heuser and finished second in Accounting. Vanessa Wittel and Emily Johnson finished third in Debate, with support from their coach David Cram.
Jessica Wilson and Steven DeBoer also earned a third-place award in Finance – they were coached by Derek Cook. Rounding out the awards was the team of Becky Olson, Mike Marino and Leanne Manke, who finished fourth in Business Policy with support from Lee Cartier.

Half of Okanagan College’s winning team from Ethics was interviewed by CBC radio – follow this link to hear Zach Webster talk about the experience or check out the Public Affairs press release.

One-stop-shop for College events

calendarPublic Affairs and IT Services have been working behind the scenes on the development of a new online events calendar that will serve the entire institution. The calendar is now live and can be accessed from a few locations – from the Public Affairs news and events page, which is one click off the main home page, or by typing in a direct url:

The new calendar is hosted by Google and is easy to use and view. Anyone can submit an event for posting to the calendar by clicking on the submit icon on the events page. Contributors will fill out a form with information about their event and can choose to display the information as a College-wide event, such as an event like Convocation, or by selecting a campus. For example, the Vernon Speaker Series would be best suited for the Vernon campus calendar.

Viewers can customize their view of the calendar to include all events, or they can de-select calendars so their calendar only displays events from one region. Important dates for students are also included under the Registrar’s Office calendar. Events from the various campuses are displayed in different colours to help differentiate them. Public Affairs will be customizing the colours in the weeks to come so expect to see the look of the calendar improve.

If you have comments about the new calendar or suggestions to help improve its function at Okanagan College, contact Karin Wilson.

College to celebrate the Year of the Dragon

newyearOkanagan College’s International Education department is hosting its annual Chinese New Year and International Celebration on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in Kelowna.  

The success of last year’s celebration left the College’s lecture theatre bursting at the seams. This year, organizers have moved the popular event to the Kelowna Community Theatre. 

More than 20 cultural performances will take place in honour of the Year of the Dragon. Performers will include College students, employees and well-known cultural groups such as the Chinese Freemasons Club of Canada and the Latin Dance Club. Spectators can expect to see the Lion Dance, a traditional Japanese dance as well as an African dance performance. 

Entry into the event is by donation – proceeds will support the Okanagan College International Student Scholarship Fund. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and international cuisine will be available during the intermission. 

Tickets are now available at the International Education Office in Kelowna and will also be available at the door. Space is still available for additional cultural performers – contact Masami Kostiuk for more information.

Ancient timber finds a new home at Okanagan College 

lumberRecycled timber originating from 250-year-old B.C. forests will soon add an authentic note of heritage to Okanagan College thanks to a hefty in-kind donation to the College’s carpentry program through the Okanagan College Foundation.

Kim and Doug Cotter, owners of Cotter’s Bin and Demolition Services Ltd. in Penticton, salvaged the Douglas fir timbers from the historic Naramata packinghouse and offered to donate the lumber - worth approximately $22,266 - to the College.

This spring, carpentry classes will begin using the wood to construct a large-scale heritage project for the Penticton campus. A decorative archway is expected to be complete by summer.

Follow this link to read more about how the lumber came to live at Okanagan College and why Construction Trades chair Alf Leimert thinks the donation will contribute to his students’ appreciation of the beauty of wood.

Library harbours OCtopus

octopusThere’s a new resident at the Okanagan College Library, and it goes by the name OCtopus.

OCtopus is the name of the Library’s new search engine. Arts student Jordon Bloomfield submitted the winning name in a contest hosted by the Library. He turned to the letters O-C for inspiration.

“I just started thinking: what starts with OC, and then it came to me – octopus! It seemed like a pretty good fit for a search engine,” said Bloomfield.

Bloomfield’s was among more than 100 who took part in the contest. Among the submissions, 10 were shortlisted for public voting. When the votes came in, OCtopus topped the entries with 103 votes, ahead of iFind (67) and Infoclick (45).

Web services librarian Roën Janyk said the new search engine has features similar to Amazon and Google, and quickly pulls up a comprehensive list of research material from books, to academic journals, and even videos and ebooks.

For his ingenuity, Bloomfield received a new iPod Shuffle, courtesy of Ebsco, the company that produces the software behind OCtopus.

Library services director Ross Tyner said with the new name the Library will be able to add an inspired new avatar to the website.

“It’s a good visual metaphor for something that searches multiple sources simultaneously.”

33rd annual OBSA banquet to feature Max Valiquette

valiquetteThe key event for the Okanagan Business Students’ Association of 2012 is the 33rd Annual Business Banquet, which is held this year on Feb. 29. The Business Banquet is a prominent public function for the Okanagan School of Business and its business students, as it gives the students the opportunity to interact on a professional level with members of the business community.

By connecting with local businesses, students are able to expand both their business and social network, leading to future job and career opportunities. 

The 2012 banquet will include appetizers from 5-6 p.m. during a silent auction, followed by a three-course meal and keynote presentation from Max Valiquette, an internationally-renowned presenter on branding, media and social marketing.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the 33rd Annual Business Banquet, follow this link.

Transfer agreement now in place with VCC for LCI certificate

A transfer agreement between Okanagan College and Vancouver Community College is now in place for courses in the Learner Centred Instructor Certificate program.

Graduates of Okanagan College’s LCIC program will receive transfer credit for two courses in the Provincial Instructors Diploma program: PIDP3220 -  Delivery of Instruction plus one of PIDP3250 Instructional Strategies or PIDP3260 Professional Practice. This translates to a cost savings of over $900 in professional development funds for individuals who need or want to complete the PID program.  

The LCIC program began on January 16. Interested in finding out how you can improve your techniques to become a Learner Centred Instructor? Please follow this link for a program description and admission requirements. Excellence in learning and teaching are key objectives of Okanagan College, as a result this program is tuition-free for Okanagan College employees. Registrants will be required to purchase two course textbooks and pay a small administration fee.

Application Process
: please print and fill out the application form found at this link and contact Continuing Studies in Kelowna for more details.

100-year-old Kelowna business invests in future at Okanagan College

horticultureOwners of one of Kelowna’s original pioneer businesses have decided to invest in the future by creating an endowment fund for landscape horticulture students at Okanagan College.

Five descendants of one of the founders of the 100-year-old Stewart Brothers Nurseries have donated $10,000 to the College for an endowment to create the annual Stewart Brothers Nurseries Award for successful applicants enrolled in the Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program.

“We wanted to give back to the community that we’ve been part of for the last 100 years,” said Sandra Bjarnason, who along with her sisters Colleen Mulvihill, Kate Stewart, Jennifer Stewart and Julie Crawford made the donation.

Kathy Butler, executive director of the Okanagan College Foundation, said it’s an honour to have a new endowment such as this carry the name of such a well-established Okanagan family.

“We are very grateful for this special endowment for our students,” she said. “I know our students here will appreciate the vision your forefathers had in starting their business, and as they grow in their own careers in this new era, that they will take on that responsibility of working in concert with nature.”

Follow this link to read the complete Press Release.

Classics at the Classic back in Salmon Arm

hitchcockOkanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus will host the Classics at the Classic – a community favourite that showcases films at the Salmar Classic Theatre.

The current series is presenting the Alfred Hitchcock Festival: 

- The Lady Vanishes (1938) 7:30 pm Monday January 16 @ the Salmar 

- Shadow of a Doubt
(1943) 7:30 pm Monday January 23 @ the Salmar
- Strangers on a Train
(1951) 7:30 pm Monday February 6 @ the Salmar
- Rear Window
(1954) 7:30 pm Monday February 13 @ the Salmar
- Vertigo
(1958) 7:30 pm Monday March 5 @ the Salmar
- North by Northwest (1959) 7:30 pm Monday March 12 @ the Salmar 
- Psycho (1960) 7:30 pm Monday March 19 @ the Salmar 

- The Birds (1964) 7:30 pm Monday March 26 @ the Salmar 

Tickets available at the door: $5 general admission/ $3 for students.

Vernon campus gets in the Games

wintergamesOkanagan College’s Vernon campus will help support the upcoming BC Winter Games, held in Vernon from Feb. 23-26. The campus has signed on as a gold sponsor of the event and will be the site for the results centre.

Watch upcoming editions of Inside Okanagan College for more information about how College employees can get involved as volunteers for this great sporting event.

Get ready to run - College gears up for half marathon

raceRegistration is now open for the 2012 Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race. The 2012 race will be held on Sunday, April 1 and will celebrate its 10-year anniversary as a community event that raises funds for Okanagan College student recreation.

The course for the half marathon, 10 K and relay will be the same as the 2011 race. Registration fees are currently extremely low to help provide an incentive for early bird runners to sign up and get training. Visit the race’s website to find out complete information about the race, the course, and what runners can expect.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the race can also go online and submit a volunteer form. Questions about the race can be directed to Christine Ulmer.

Moodle specialist joins College

rossFaculty can expect a smooth transition and an enthusiastic response from students when Moodle makes its mark come May, says the college’s new Moodle Specialist Ross McKerlich.

McKerlich has been hired to work alongside Mike Minions to assist with the migration of class material from Blackboard over to Moodle.

McKerlich has been building courses in Moodle since 2004. While employed at Athabasca University, he researched and wrote about emerging education technology, such as virtual worlds, social software and open educational resources.

“Over the years I’ve reviewed various learning management systems and one of Moodle’s strengths is that it is easy to use for both the student and the teacher.”

McKerlich says Moodle really comes alive when students and faculty realize its potential for what he calls social interface. Students can post their own student photos and add bios to the class site, which can assist in establishing positive online classroom dynamics. In addition to documents and class summaries, faculty and students can upload video segments, create blogs, and engage in many other learning activities.

McKerlich is now working with 104 courses -- the bulk of them distance learning programs -- and migrating them over to Moodle. Over the next few months, he’ll continue to work with faculty as more courses move over to meet the first milestone – May 1 – for summer and fall courses.

The next milestone is Sept. 1 for Winter 2012 courses. At that point, all online courses will be in Moodle and the Blackboard server will be shut down.

To help with the transition, brief, college-developed instructional videos, tutorials, plus an extensive on-line FAQ list, are available on the College’s Moodle website. Moodle workshops will also be offered on campuses in the near future.


Banham named to CGA-BC Board

banhamThe Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia (CGA-BC) announced its Board of Governors for 2012 – among them is Dr. Heather Banham, Dean of the Okanagan School of Business.

Heather was first elected to the Board in 2010 as a representative of the Kamloops/Okanagan region. Her role on the Board includes chairing the Association's Discipline Committee for 2012. News of the Board’s membership made its way to the Canada Newswire. Follow this link to read the complete announcement.

Mendoza family grows with new addition


Congratulations to Xavier (IT Services) and Shara Mendoza on the birth of Xander Christopher Oliver who arrived on December 22. The just-in-time delivery for Christmas weighed 7 lb 8 ounces.

Trades luncheon benefits local Food Bank

Okanagan College’s Trades and Apprenticeship department did much more than provide lunch to College employees at its annual Christmas luncheon. The department, which hosted its annual holiday lunch spread on Friday, Dec. 16, asked colleagues to bring a food item or cash donation in exchange for enjoying a lunch served in the carpentry shop.

The lunch was extremely well attended and resulted in $475 in cash donations for the Food Bank along with 267 items of non-perishable food.

Vernon campus hosts AACP science fair

sciencefairAdult Academic and Career Preparation students studying at the Vernon Campus participated in a very successful science fair on Dec. 2, 2011. Science fairs are one mechanism for curriculum delivery. They provide students with a forum to access analytic, synthetic, and evaluative levels of thought and investigation.

Physics, Chemistry, and Biology students from Vernon produced a vast array of scientific projects on exciting topics. Project formats encompassed experiments, reports, inventions, posters, and power point presentations. The science fair provided students with the opportunity to present their work and have it judged on the basis of scientific merit and understanding. 

Spectators and viewers of the fair were very impressed with the creativity, ingenuity, and critical thinking students invested in their projects. Prizes were awarded for the best entries in each discipline. Noteworthy entries included work on steroids, momentum, burning fuels, bread mould, phytotherapy, gas cooling, lasers, fire tornadoes, and radiology. 

Andy Rochon wins iPad from Campus Store


Vernon student Andy Rochon was recently presented with a new iPad after entering a draw at the Campus Store. Students from all four campuses entered into the draw but the lucky winner hailed from Vernon. Shelanne Flansburg presented Andy with his prize.   

Penticton holiday hamper project a growing success

pentictonhamperStaff, faculty and students at the Penticton campus donated non-perishable foods, gifts, toys, and treats as well as over $700 in cash during the month of December as part of their 17th annual holiday hamper project.  An anonymous donor also surprised the coordinators with a sizable cash donation.  

Included in the donations were items collected by the Business Administration students’ SIFE project, which was organized by Penticton student, Kacie Sawri. The donations were used to create hampers for 20 students in need including 17 children.
SIFE students Meika Smith, Kacie Sawri and Michelle Jones helped prepare the hampers. Recipients expressed their gratitude for the hampers, which were distributed on Dec. 20 by the College’s Deborah Cutt and Laurie Minuk, as well as the Penticton campus library staff.  

International students celebrate milestone at Vernon campus

comingofageFourteen Japanese students attending Okanagan College in Vernon celebrated their birthday in an Okanagan Coming of Age Ceremony held on Jan. 9. The ceremony was part of an ongoing tradition whereby, on the second Monday of January, all Japanese youth whose birthday falls in the previous April-April school cycle, celebrate their 20th birthday as a National Holiday known as Coming of Age. On this date, youth are celebrated and welcomed into adulthood.

Green IT specialist reveals impact of IT on climate change in public talk

Zero carbon networks, cloud computing, server farms and electric roads are among the topics that will be presented by Bill St. Arnaud, one of Canada’s most prominent figures in the information and communication technologies (ICT), in a public lecture as part of the Science in Society Speaker Series (a joint project by the Okanagan Science Centre and the Okanagan College).

The lecture takes place Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.

St. Arnaud is a regular contributor to the CBC’s technology show Spark and he also publishes a number of blogs including Future Internet, R&E Networks, Green Internet, Green IT and Green Internet and Cyber-Infrastructure. 

Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. For advanced tickets and more information, visit the Okanagan Science Centre at or call (250) 545-3644.

Vernon students and staff pay tribute to women affected by violence

vigilCommunity members and employees from the Vernon Campus coordinated a commemorative candlelight vigil ceremony for the women victims of L'École Polytechnique de Montréal and the Highway of Tears on Dec. 5.

Approximately 25 women and men from the community attended, including women and elders from the Okanagan Indian Band, Métis Association, Vernon Friendship Centre, Vernon Women’s Transition House, School District #22, Vernon Student Association, and Okanagan College students and staff. The event consisted of guest speakers, silent reflections, and a candlelight walk to remember the women.
January 17, 2012 Vol. 5 Issue 20


Spread the word, not the germs

fluRemember what mom always said: wash your hands! It’s that time of year when flu season fells many in our community, and the best defense is a good offence.

The Campus Health and Wellness Nurses are working with Okanagan College’s administration and Health, Safety and Emergency Management Services to spread the message.

Washing your hands with soap and water is the best preventative measure you can take against the flu virus. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a great option when soap and water is not available.

For more information, visit the campus health page. More information is also available at the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

Fit today, fit for life

Okanagan College’s Athletics and Recreation team in Kelowna is challenging students and employees to put fitness into their daily routine.

It’s always more fun to work as a group, so they’re encouraging teams of four (minimum one student per team) to chart their progress in user-friendly software and collect points. The team at the end of the five weeks with the most points is the winner.

Interested staff members can sign up at the Athletics and Rec office in Kelowna (A105) or email Lynn Johnson. The event will take place between Feb. 13 – March 16. Cost $60/team.

Award-winning writer arrives in Kelowna Jan. 26

From poetry and prose, author Karen Connelly has been racking up awards for years, including the Governor General’s Award. Now the author of nine books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry will be speaking at the Kelowna campus, room E202 at 1 pm. For more information about Connelly and her work, including her most recent memoir Burmese Lessons, visit

Finance reminders

Every year on January 1 the Canada Revenue Agency provides employers with the new Federal and Provincial Claim Code amounts. Okanagan College automatically updates employees who are claiming the Basic Personal Amount; however amounts outside of the basic personal amount are not changed.

If you wish to ensure that the appropriate taxes are being withheld, please submit a new Federal and Provincial TD1 to Payroll. These forms can be found on myOkanagan under Payroll Forms.

As we approach the Fiscal Year end, please be reminded that mileage and expense claims for the 2011/2012 year should be submitted to Finance prior to March 31. Expenses should be included in the year in which they were incurred. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Pannell at ext. 4312.

Foundation releases annual report

The Okanagan College Foundation 2010/2011 Annual Report is now available, featuring donors who have chosen to make a difference, and the students who benefit from their generosity.

The report is available in a green-friendly form online. To obtain a hard copy, contact Tessa Derksen at local 4774.

Brain and body get a boost

Join the Kelowna campus recreation team for its Activity + Knowledge = Success series featuring a mix of activities and lectures. Sessions include Zumba, nutrition, core stability, yoga, self-defense, heart health, and stress and posture analysis.
The series takes place Wednesdays until March 21 from noon to 12:55 p.m at the Pit.

Reach Out now online

The latest issue of Reach Out, published by the Registrar's Office (Kelowna), is now available for viewing.  This month's edition includes a staff spotlight, information about the 2012-13 Calendar and January's Education Council meeting, as well as a link to a short survey on the newsletter content. To receive this monthly newsletter, please email Carlyn Young to be added to the distribution list. And please send along any topic ideas for future issues.

Family Award application deadline Jan. 20

Only three days left to get your application in for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees.

Full award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan – follow the link to OC Express - Forms and then click through to Foundation.

All applications must be date-stamped at the Welcome Centre in Kelowna or the Campus Administration office at your campus by January 20, 2012. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2012.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office at 250-862-5419.

Health first in 2012

PPC Canada offers up some easy tips on how to improve individual health and wellbeing in this month’s issue of The Balance Sheet.

Health is also the focus of the free webinar available this Thursday, Jan. 19 on Six Winning Strategies for Health and Happiness, taking place at 3 p.m. To register, contact Carrie Middleton.

Vernon campus adapts with new lab

Students with learning difficulties can be found at any instructional level, in any program. Now Vernon has opened up the Kalamalka Adaptive Learning Technology Lab filled with computers equipped with specialized software to help these students succeed.

Programs like Kurzweil 3000 (text-to-speech) and Dragon Naturally Speaking (speech-to-text) can help struggling students cope with the sometimes overwhelming amount of written material in their courses. 
The lab is open to all students, and is located in C302. A student lab assistant will be on hand at specified times, to be announced at a later date.

For more information, or to set up an appointment to learn about the software, contact Chandra McCann at local 2311.

Ease into 2012 with yoga

yogaGet some stretching and quiet time at a lunchtime yoga lesson at the Kelowna campus. Classes are conducted by a certified yoga teacher and are at the beginner’s level, so all fitness levels are welcome.

Bring a mat (extras are available), wear some stretchy clothes (long sleeves and sweatpants this time of year), and get familiar with downward dog.

Classes run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1p.m. in S104 – the lecture theatre.  Fees are $7/class for drop in or $5/class if paid in advance.

Contact Kim Snyder at 4625  or Angie March at 4501 for details or to make payments.

50/50 winners announced

Congratulations to the two 50/50 winners who claimed prizes between Dec. 30 and Jan. 13.

Todd Redding, of the Geography & Earth & Environmental Sciences Department at the Penticton Campus, who won the Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 payday draw for $595!

Charlene Wyatt, from Office Administration at the Penticton campus, won the Jan. 13 payday draw for $582.50.

The staff lottery contributes to annual student awards that now exceed $1-million. If you’re interested in being among the 200 staff who participate, please contact Tessa Derksen (Local 4774) in the Advancement & Alumni office (located in P103, KLO Campus) or download a registration form online.


Jan. 18 – Activity & Knowledge lecture You are What You Eat takes place, noon at the Kelowna campus in The Pit.

Jan. 19 – Get training for the Half Marathon. A running clinic for students and staff gets underway in Kelowna at 6:30 p.m. Contact campus recreation for more information.

Jan. 20 – Every year, international students take on one of the biggest and most colourful events of the year – the Chinese New Year and International Event. This year, it takes place at the Kelowna Community Theatre, with doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is by donation, with tickets available in advance through the international education office, or at the door.

Jan. 21 – Catch the Coyotes Hockey team up against rival TRU at the Kelowna Memorial Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.


What do copywriting, Mad Men and Don DeLillo have in common? A lot says Matt Kavanagh in his Globe & Mail review. Read: The temper of our times, according to Don DeLillo. 

Fourth year accounting student Tyler Chartran, along with his classmates, hosted a forum on proposed changes to Canada’s justice system. Read: Kelowna discusses controversial crime bill on AM1150.

For graduating student James Cooper, attending Okanagan College not only got him a degree, but romance too. Cooper was one of only six men who graduated among a class of 77 practical nurses at the Winter Convocation -- his new girlfriend was among them. See Campus romance blooms, in the Daily Courier.

Nursing graduates from Okanagan College have a good chance of getting a job sooner than many, according to a recent student survey released by the Ministry of Advanced Education that appeared in numerous articles around the region. Read: Nursing grads will find jobs quickly, OC nursing grads ready for workforce, and College nursing grads quick to enter workforce.

Eleven students put Okanagan College on the national map for excellence following their success at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) at Queen’s University in Kingston. Read: Okanagan College impresses judges, and hear student Zach Webster in his interview with CBC Radio’s Rebecca Zandbergen, host of Radio West.

Dreamers can’t be stopped, and that was certainly true in Rick Thorpe’s mind when he chose to reflect on the success of Okanagan College in a guest column in the Penticton Herald. Read: Dreamers dared to challenge status quo of community college.

In less than a year, Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence has received accolades and appreciation for its green technology blueprint and building design. Read the Penticton Herald story: Jim Pattison puts mark on green-friendly building.

Registration is now open for the 2012 Okanagan College Half Marathon. Read: OC’s Half moved up to April 1, College races April 1, and Marathon event for everyone.

Two Vernon brothers, who have been competing in the international RoboCup championships since 2009, are now set to present their award-winning creations at the Okanagan Science Centre, says the Vernon Morning Star. Read: Science Centre explores robots.

The New Year offers a time to re-assess, and that includes looking at the value of education, particularly during periods of slow economic growth, writes Jane Muskens in her Capital News column. Read: New year is a time to assess how we are doing overall.

One of Okanagan College Coyotes’ top recruits – Steve Dobbin – makes his debut on the ice. Read: Tough break over for OC.

The Certified General Accountants Association of B.C. announced that Dr. Heather Banham, Okanagan College dean of business, is now on their board of directors. Read: Local board member, from the Daily Courier.

Ten Kelowna students were caught in a Norwalk outbreak in Victoria this week. Read: Conference hit by virus.

A Vernon reader voiced his opinion to the Morning Star in We need a rink, not a sports track.

Musician and former alumnus Ryan Donn spent time teaching harmony to Grade 4-12 students. Read: In harmony.

Federal NDP leadership candidate Nathan Cullen made his pitch to the public in Penticton, with a ringing endorsement from Okanagan College alumnus Shane Koyczan. Read: NDP leadership contender makes pitch for united front.


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