College students earn 11 medals at BC Skills Canada
Okanagan College trades and technology students earned three gold, four silver and four bronze medals in a series of high-pressure skills tests at the recent B.C. Skills Canada competition in Abbotsford.
Winners of the provincial competition are eligible to compete at the nationals, held in June in Toronto. The Okanagan College students who will represent the province in Toronto are Zimmermann, Anderson, and Webber.
Geography students earn national exposure
Last month, Okanagan College geography students Julia Thielmann and Arianna Lapham participated in a study of international significance and got the opportunity to give a presentation at the Canadian Association of Geographers conference at the University of Victoria.
Led by Dr. Terence Day, College Professor of Geography & Earth and Environmental Science, the idea for the research study began with the College’s purchase of magnetic lab equipment from Lakehead University in Ontario.
Okanagan College photo contest
Calling all amateur and experienced photographers. The College is looking for your best shot of life at Okanagan College for the 2014 photo contest. Open to students and employees, the contest is underway until midnight on Apr. 30.
Eight certified St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs and their handlers took turns coming to help students and employees de-stress at the Penticton campus in the two weeks leading up to exam period.
Trades Training Complex construction news
Phase three of the new $33-million Trades Training Complex renovation and expansion is about to begin. The Kelowna campus project will result in a significant renovation to all existing trades shops and will bring them up to LEED Platinum standards. The project also includes the construction of a new three-storey tower.
Phase three will include the renovation of all existing shops in the trades building, construction of plumbing and sheet metal shops adjacent to the trades buildings and the three-storey classroom tower. This phase is scheduled to start in May and be completed by December 2015.
The east wing will remain open (including O’Tools café, the first aid room, several classrooms, washrooms and locker space). In addition, a large area in front of the trades building will be fenced off and become a construction zone.
Wrapping up the semester in style
Students celebrated the end of winter semester classes with “It’s a Wrap” parties held at both the Kelowna and Penticton campuses on Apr. 10.
“It’s a Wrap has become one of our most popular annual events and this year was no exception. There were a number of activities for students but I think it is safe to say that the mini-golf was the favorite,” says Regional Dean Donna Lomas.
Welcoming two new program Chairs
Amy Vaillancourt is Okanagan College’s new Chair and lead instructor of the Sustainable Construction Management Technology program in Penticton.
Hailing from Fredericton, N.B., Vaillancourt completed a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (UNB), and a Masters of Sustainable Development at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She is currently completing her PhD through UNB on the sustainability performance assessment of existing Canadian municipal infrastructure. Vaillancourt can be reached via email or ext. 3321.
Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus welcomes Fariba Arjomandi, the new Chair of the Pharmacy Technician program.
“I am most excited and looking forward to teaching the next group of pharmacy technicians and preparing them for an exciting and fulfilling career."
Many employees may already know Arjomandi, who has taught Pharmacology with the Continuing Studies department.
Anthony Isaac joins Student Services
Anthony Isaac has replaced James Coble as the Aboriginal Access and Services Coordinator.
He completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Western Ontario. His master’s work focused on enhancing knowledge of how First Nations youth transition into post-secondary education.
Isaac can be reached via email or at ext. 4322.
Brian Rhodes’ retirement
After 24 years, Brian Rhodes is retiring from Okanagan College’s ESL department in Kelowna. During most of his tenure with the College, he dedicated himself to educational technology.
While his last day of teaching will be Apr. 30, his plans for retirement have already begun.
“In addition to my renewed enthusiasm for horse riding, cross-country skiing, cycling, and golf, I have started a new 'career' of facilitating storytelling among families."
David Northcott’s retirement
Penticton-based Business Administration professor David Northcott is retiring to devote himself to his humanitarian work, specifically establishing a social business in Lira, Uganda. This is a major endeavour that aims to make a significant difference to the health and welfare of people in Eastern Africa.
On May 1, a retirement party will be taking place in the Kelowna campus cafeteria at 3:30 p.m.Northcott will be presenting a slideshow about his Uganda project during the event beginning at 3:45 p.m.
Contact Lynn Kohout for more information and to RSVP.
Brett Wade in Rodale News
Dr. Brett Wade has been doing a lot of North American promotion of his book Ekahi Method in recent months. He was interviewed by several radio stations in the U.S. and had an article published on the Rodale News website.
The article, “Heal your Relationships: 5 Ways to Reset your base frequency,” discusses how you and your partner can have different base frequencies and still find happiness.
For more on Dr. Wade’s book, Ekahi Method, visit the website.
April 22, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 2
ILT Spring Newsletter
The Institute for Learning and Teaching has just published the spring edition of its newsletter, Enhancing the Practice of Learning and Teaching.
This issue of the newsletter explores how to improve the student experience and support student success. Articles include how to use mindfulness in the classroom, ways to advance the student experience from a disability services perspective, and how students think teachers can enhance their learning experience.
Read the spring issue here.
The fall issue will be published in Nov. 2014. Submissions are welcome, see the following author guidelines.
Pension Plan design changes
Please be aware that there will be changes to the College Pension Plan effective Jan. 1, 2016. Click on the following link for Q&As and an overview on how employees might be affected by these changes.
The Okanagan College library is putting together a major exhibit across all four campuses to showcase the work of its authors including books, book chapters, chapbooks, articles, theses, dissertations, audio-visual media, published conference proceedings, reviews, interviews and reports, for the fall semester.
Do not send the publications themselves at this time, but do indicate whether you own a copy that can be lent to the Library for display. Operational limitations, including availability of material and budget, will ultimately determine which items are included in the exhibits.
Family Award application deadline
Applications are now being accepted for the Okanagan College Family Award. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between May 1 and Aug. 31 and is designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees.
Health and wellness resources
Okanagan College’s Employee Family Assistance Provider, PPC Canada, has changed its name to Optum. Details about the name change are available in the April edition of The Balance Sheet newsletter.
Move for Health Day 3 km Walk
Join the Kelowna campus Athletics and Recreation team on May 7 from 12 to 1 p.m. in a group walk to celebrate Move for Health Day 2014.
This event will kick off the Be Well at Okanagan College Challenge. Meet in the Courtyard and bring your lunch to eat after the walk.
Be Well Challenge
On Wednesday's from 12-1 p.m., May 7- Jun. 25, the Athletics and Recreation team on the Kelowna campus will meet in the Courtyard and lead 3 km walks in local parks and on trails.
Participants of the Be Well Okanagan College Challenge will also receive fitness tips, healthy recipes, myth busters and giveaways. It’s $10 for staff and free for students to participate.
World record attempt and fundraiser
On Apr. 24, from 12 to 1 p.m., the Human Kinetics Student Society is holding a Tabata class at the Penticton campus. Tabata is a high intensity interval workout and students will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest class of this kind. The class is safe for all fitness levels. To break the world record, they need more than 250 people to participate.
Okanagan College Social Club
Mark your calendars, the OC Social Club on the Kelowna Campus has set dates for a number of upcoming events:
The Camino de Santiago: A Pilgrim’s Perspective
On Apr. 27, Okanagan College Business professor David Cram is holding a talk about his experience walking the Caminio De Santiago in Spain. This pilgrimage covers approximately 2,000 km, which took him a total of 70 days on three separate occasions.
Cram’s talk takes place from 2-4 p.m. at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO), Mission Creek Regional Park, 2363A Springfield Rd., in Kelowna. the event is free.
A member of the Okanagan Indian Band transitioned into trades training as a result of a program between the band and Okanagan College in Vernon, See Helping Aboriginals find work in the Kelowna Daily Courier.
Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Meredith Birchall-Spencer.