Buckle up for new flight simulator at Okanagan College
Commercial Aviation students will get to train on a cutting-edge flight simulator at Okanagan College’s aviation facility at the Kelowna airport beginning next fall thanks to a $125,000 donation from Carson Air to purchase and install a Redbird FMX flight simulator. ROV Consulting, a structural engineering firm, also donated $25,000 to make the simulator a reality.
The donation was announced on Sept. 19 during a ribbon-cutting celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the College’s Commercial Aviation program partnership with Carson Air at the Southern Interior Flight Centre (SIFC). Visitors and guests also had the opportunity to tour Carson Air’s brand new hangar at the Kelowna International Airport.
To date, the Commercial Aviation program has graduated more than 312 commercial pilots, including alumna and WestJet Captain Rhea MacKay. Read about her success here.
For more information, read the press release here.
Orientation 2015: welcoming students at our campuses
Despite the rain, spirits were not dampened at this year’s Kick Off to Orientation 2015 activities at the College’s four campuses.
In Penticton students began their day with breakfast parfaits and spent the morning meeting new people, playing games, and winning great prizes. A lunch provided by the campus cafeteria was served to students by College employees, including President Jim Hamilton.
In Kelowna, more than 1,300 students donning leis were acquainted with the College community. The afternoon Luau included information booths hosted by various College departments and local companies. Highlights included the dunk tank, bounce house, the annual beaver toss and an Amazing-Race activity which had students completing challenges all over campus. The culinary arts department treated students to a Hawaiian themed free lunch, to everyone’s delight.
Just over 100 new and returning students attended Kick Off at the Salmon Arm campus. Students mixed and mingled to get to know one another through a series of learning seminars and ice-breaker games.
At the Vernon campus, students went on a scavenger hunt. Some locations on the hunt had mini-game stations while others had skill testing questions. The day ended with a great lunch, provided by the campus’s new caterers, Basket Case Picnics, with lots of music, games and tons of prizes.
Degree path in law enforcement now available
Sept. 22, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 13
Capital Master Plan survey
The Capital Master Planning committee invites you to think of the possibilities and envision the future of Okanagan College’s campuses by participating in a short online survey. The survey is available until Sept. 29.
Six student representatives are needed to sit on Education Council (four positions, one student from each region) and the Board of Governors (two positions, students from different programs) for a one-year term. This is a great opportunity for motivated students to boost their resumes, learn about non-profit governance and make a significant contribution to the College.
Honouring the Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day, flags will be lowered on Sunday Sept. 27 at all Okanagan College campuses. The Provincial Government’s protocol is for all provincial government buildings and public institutions to lower flags on specific dates. Flags will also be lowered on Nov. 11 for Remembrance Day and on Dec. 6 for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Get informed and vote
On Oct. 19 Canadians will vote in the General Federal Election to give voice to the future of our country’s leadership. Collaboratively, several Okanagan College departments and the Okanagan College Students' Union are preparing resources, organizing events, and providing information to encourage everyone to vote and to learn more about the electoral process.
Library Services has prepared an online resource webpage at www.okanaganvotes.ca with information about how to vote, a list of candidates, issues for consideration, and campaign trends. Leading up to the election, campus Libraries will also have election information displays with books, articles, and other resources available.
In addition, the OCSU will host an all-candidates meet and greet on Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus. Contact us for more information.
Support Enactus with farm fresh produce
Enactus Okanagan College in Kelowna and Penticton are once again participating in the Farm Bag fundraising initiative. Farm Bag supports local farmers by selling pre-purchased bags of fruits and vegetables over the winter months, while simultaneously sharing portions of sales with Enactus as a fundraiser that will help support its community projects during the year.
Updates to online recruitment system
On Nov. 2 Human Resources will launch POST 7.0 an enhanced version of Okanagan College’s online recruitment system.
Improvements include a module to help the College collect and review employment application materials online, while providing feedback to applicants about the status of their job search. Also, a Position Management module will enable hiring managers to maintain current and accurate job descriptions online to help facilitate the creation of job posting and hiring proposals.
Training materials and documentation will also be made available online. In October, Human Resources will contact those who are system users to arrange training. More information is available in this document.
Health and wellness resources
Okanagan College’s employee and family assistance provider, Optum PPC Canada, provides information on issues regarding your health and wellbeing.
Celebrate Science Literacy Week
Discover the world of science with an array of scientific books, magazines and DVDs, which will be on display at Okanagan College Library Services at each of the four campuses from Sept. 21 to 27. Part of the national Science Literary Week, the event promotes public awareness of science and highlight resources available. Visit the Library News webpage for more information about activities and what is available at each campus Library.
Learn to create stellar Prezi presentations
Sept. 24 - Go beyond PowerPoint and learn how to create outstanding visual presentations using Prezi, a free online tool. This Roundabout workshop is facilitated by Teresa Kisilevich and will take place from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in room L203 at the Kelowna campus. Register here. The ongoing Roundabout learning series is presented by IT Services and Learning & Teaching.
Youth Exhibition PowWow
Sept. 24 – The College’s seventh annual Youth Exhibition PowWow will be held in the courtyard of the Kelowna campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each year the event draws a crowd of students, employees, and the general public to witness and participate in Aboriginal culture and dance. This year is particularly significant as it will include a ceremonial signing of the Indigenous Education Protocol.
TiltShift update: format changes
Sept. 25 - With lower registration numbers than anticipated, the format of the TiltShift Education Technology Conference has been changed to a one-afternoon free speaker series featuring the two keynote addresses.
Trunk Sale returns to OC
Sept. 26 – The Regional Waste Reduction Office will host its Trunk Sale event at the Kelowna campus, from 8 a.m. to noon. Similar to a large garage sale, and aiming to promote reuse and recycling, individual vendors will sell their goods from the back of their vehicles. The deadline to register as a vendor is Wednesday Sept. 23 and can be done by contacting the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250. The sale will be held in parking lot #17, next to the Skaha Place student residence buildings.
Drone safety, free info session
Sept. 29 – Hear from a panel of experts and discover the Canadian regulations, safe operation guidelines, and risk management of flying drones at a free information session hosted by Okanagan College and the Kelowna and District Flying Club. The session will be held in the lecture theatre at the Kelowna campus from 7 to 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
Science in Society Speaker Series returns
Oct. 13 – Shedding light on B.C.’s changing landscape and climate, Royal BC Museum Botany and Earth History curator Dr. Richard Hebda will draw upon his research with plant fossils to present What can we do to adapt to a changing planet? The event will take place in the lecture theatre of the Vernon campus at 7:30 p.m. This talk is the first of the 2015-16 season for the Science in Society Speaker Series. Admission is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For advanced tickets call the Okanagan Science Centre at (250) 545-3644, and visit the website for details.
At an open house event at Carson Air’s new hangar in Kelowna, which also celebrated 25 years of the College’s Commercial Aviation diploma program in partnership with the Southern Interior Flight Centre, the company announced in conjunction with ROV Consulting its support of training future pilots with the purchase of a new flight simulator for the College. The announcement made front page news in the Okanagan Sunday newspaper on Sept. 20, and was captured by KelownaNow.com, Castanet and the Kelowna Daily Courier online.
Also earning front-page ink, was news of College English Professor Dr. Alix Hawley being among 12 authors on the longlist for the Scotiabank Giller prize for her debut novel All True Not a Lie in it as published by the Kelowna Daily Courier Local author listed for Canada’s top book prize. InfoTel News also shared the exciting news.
Headlines were generated when the College and the Justice Institute of BC announced that students would be able to complete a Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies degree at the College’s Penticton campus. Global Okanagan captured the announcement. The Penticton Herald’s article Okanagan College, JIBC open degree path was published on Sept. 22, the Okanagan Sunday reported on the news on Sept. 20, the Kelowna Daily Courier ran a story online and the Penticton Western News also featured the news on Sept. 16.
New programs at OC continued to catch the eye of editorial desks, with the announcement of the new Gastroenterology Nursing Certificate program. Articles appeared in the Sept. 13 Vernon Morning Star print and online editions as well as the Sept. 14 Kelowna Daily Courier, including online.
The Vernon Morning Star’s Sept. 4 print edition ran an article about the joint Okanagan College and Accelerate Okanagan Mobile Coding program being offered to students starting in October.
Wilden’s support of the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign was well noted in the Kelowna Daily Courier which ran photos of the cheque presentation and an article in the Sept. 9 print edition.
The support to the Campaign by Fender’s Automotive Centre was also noticed with articles appearing in the Sept. 18 Kelowna Capital News print edition, the Sept. 16 Kelowna Daily Courier, KelownaNow.com and in Collision Repair Magazine.
The Village of Kettle Valley’s commitment of support to the campaign was captured by KelownaNow.com.
When media toured the newly renovated state-of-the-art welding shop in Kelowna, the Kelowna Capital News detailed the shop's features in a Sept. 9 feature article.
Welder and OC alumnus William Cripps, discusses how Project Literacy helped him get the pre-requisites needed to pursue the Welding program at OC in a profile piece in the Okanagan Saturday.
Doug van Vianen, who taught computer courses at OUC and also served on the College Advisory Board, is profiled by the Summerland Review about his teaching career.
An article in the Vernon Morning Star questions whether the lighting at the new Greater Vernon Athletics Park is sufficient for the darker winter evenings. The official opening of the track will take place on Saturday Sept. 26.
The Kelowna Daily Courier featured in print and online Okanagan College Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni recipient Sareena Sharma Nickoli and Young Alumni Award recipient John Perrott in advance of the Oct. 15 reception to be held in Kelowna.
Alumnus Rene Bourgault, who passed away recently in a rafting accident, is commemorated and honoured as one of the Kelowna Daily Courier’s Top 40 Under 40 profiles for his success as a businessman and for his community contributions.
Okanagan Life Magazine featured Chef Kaila Klassen, an OC alumna, about her newest venture: gourmet picnic baskets at Evolve Cellars.
Another alumnus in the news: Donnie Ungaro’s commitment to Growing Chefs, teaching kids about growing and cooking healthy foods, was noted in an Okanagan Family Magazine article.
In an online article, the Vernon Morning Star shared details of the upcoming Shuswap Bookfest with presentations by CBC host Eleanor Wachtel, and Giller Prize winning author Elizabeth Hay.
The Kelowna Daily Courier shared with its readers the details of the free events hosted at Okanagan College’s Kelowna and Vernon campuses with renowned Canadian editor Douglas Gibson. The Vernon Morning Star did the same with an article published online.
As part of robust election coverage, the Kelowna Capital News featured College English Professor Norah Bowman and NDP candidate for Kelowna-Lake Country in a Sept. 18 print edition and online profile.
The Penticton Herald recapped the views expressed during the first South Okanagan West Kootenay candidates forum leading up to the Federal Election, including by Okanagan College Honorary Fellow Richard Cannings (NDP) and College Board of Governors member Connie Denesiuk (Liberal). The Penticton Herald also reported on Sept. 17 that both candidates would support the creation of a national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
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