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Feb. 23, 2016, Vol. 10, Issue 23
Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the governance of Okanagan College. Elections for positions on the Education Council will take place from Feb. 29 to Mar. 13 online. For more information, and to vote, visit the Elections tab in myOkanagan.
Employee Excellence Awards nominations
Know a colleague who has contributed in significant and meaningful ways to the College community? Recognize their achievements and nominate them for an Employee Excellence Award. Nominations are open until midnight on Monday, March 14. For more information, including categories and nomination forms, visit the website.
Register for the Half Marathon
Time to hit the ground running with the 14th annual Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race, taking place at the Kelowna campus on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Register online today.
ILT Newsletter submissions
The deadline to submit an article to the next ILT newsletter is Monday, Feb. 29. The theme of the next edition is “professional development.” Please visit the ILT website for guidelines. Submissions or questions can be sent directly to Ross McKerlich.
Municipal Pension Plan seminars
The Municipal Pension Plan provider will be hosting a series of informative seminars this spring.
Health and wellness resources
The February edition of The Balance Sheet newsletter provides a guide for healthy sleep with articles that share tips on falling asleep and the health benefits of a good night's sleep.
Roundabout workshops registration
Roundabout is a learning series co-sponsored by Learning & Teaching and IT Services. Workshops on various topics are offered throughout the year. Register today to attend the upcoming sessions:
Feb. 29 – In "Submitting Expenses at OC," Finance's Vicki Pannell and Tiffany Keis will walk you through the steps and explain the ins and outs of submitting your College expenses. The session will be held in room E-202 (Centre for Dialogue) at the Kelowna campus from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Visit the Roundabout website for more information and schedule updates.
College authors' book launch
Feb. 26 – Celebrate the Arts & Foundational Programs' faculty who have published works in 2015 at an evening book launch reception. Three books will be featured: one by Dr. Rosalind Warner, another by Dr. Shelly Ikebuchi, and a third collaboratively authored by Jarkko Jalava, Dr. Stephanie Griffiths, and Michael Maraun (SFU).
Focus group opportunityFeb. 26 - The Institute for Learning & Teaching is asking for input on the Service & Support in a Learner Centred Organization Certificate (SLCO). If you are working in a service or support role at the College, consider providing feedback on the content of the certificate curriculum as well as its delivery method (currently 100 per cent online).
The hour-long focus group session will be facilitated by Beverlie Dietze, the College’s Director of Learning and Teaching. The session will be held at 1 p.m. in room A125 at the Kelowna campus. To register, please email Ross McKerlich.
ECE curriculum workshop
Feb. 27 - Join Mary Burgaretta from the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society for a workshop about designing culturally focused early childhood education curriculum. Okanagan College has partnered with the Society to assist ECEs and others who work with young children, to incorporate Aboriginal cultural curriculum content into daily lessons and programming.
Register by Feb. 25 by calling 250-762-3536. The fee to participate is $35 for Society members and ECE students, and $45 for non-members. The workshop will be held in the atrium of the Centre for Learning in Kelowna from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Penticton Speakers Series
Feb. 29 – College English Professor, playwright, and Red Dot Players theatre troop member, Jeremy Beaulne will present “The Play’s the Thing: Community Theatre in the Okanagan Valley.”
Mar. 7 - Dorothy Tinning, artist, former Mayor of Penticton, and Okanagan College Honorary Fellow, will present “The Essential Elements for an Artist.”
A trivia night
Mar. 10 – Enactus Okanagan College and the Okanagan College Alumni Association will host a fun Family Feud style trivia evening titled “Are you smarter than an Okanagan College graduate?” at the Mission Tap House (3110 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna) from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 each or $100 for a team of five, and price includes appetizers. More information and tickets are available online.
Solar Fair in Penticton
Mar. 12 – First Things First Okanagan will host a free symposium on solar energy at the Penticton campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The new society aims to engage the public in a dialogue about climate change and promote action to reduce society’s carbon footprint. Okanagan College joins a host of partners including the Penticton Indian Band and Swiss Solar as a sponsor of the event. The all-day event will include seminars by experts in the field, a panel discussion, solar installation displays, and much more. Read the press release for more information.
Connections 2016: Save the date
Aug. 23 and 24 – Mark your calendars for Connections 2016, Okanagan College’s annual conference for employees by employees. This year’s theme is Building on Our Strengths.
If you are interested in leading an informative session to your colleagues, you can submit your idea online. Sessions are to be 50 to 55 minutes in length and should be both interactive and engaging. For more information please contact Kerry Rempel.
Okanagan College School of Business students’ involvement in the sold-out Poutine and Pinot event made headlines. Read more in the Kelowna Capital News’ Pairing students with dairy farmers, Okanagan Saturday’s Poutine and Pinot, and KelownaNow’s OC students created Okanagan poutine and wine event.
The Kelowna Daily Courier helped encourage runners to sign up for the College’s annual Half Marathon taking place on April 3. See Registration opens for races at College.
The Penticton Western News online shared details of the upcoming Feb. 24 info sessions in Penticton about the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies degree.
Business Professor Kerry Rempel's work with the College’s new Strategic Plan, teaching students, and her countless volunteer commitments was spotlighted in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s Focus on Business Women of the Okanagan 2016 special insert on Feb. 23.
In the same special insert, Allison Ramchuk, Development Officer with the Okanagan College Foundation, was spotlighted for her work in co-launching a micro-home business, Little House Contracting, alongside business partner Tara Tschritter. Read more in Former shelter director to build micro homes.
The insert also recognized local event planner Holly Dober for her work with foodie festival DEVOUR which is hosted at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Read more in Local event planner finds massive success with DEVOUR Kelowna.
Director of Learning and Teaching Dr. Beverlie Dietze received major funding from the Lawson Foundation for her research and project about child’s play. Read more in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s Research more than child’s play.
Both the Vernon Morning Star and the Kelowna Capital News showcased the College’s RV Service Technician program, and alumnus Carl Hollmann, in articles about industry-led training that took place in early February at the Kelowna campus.
Bellamy Homes' $30,000 donation to the College’s new Trades Complex was reported by KelownaNow.
The Canadian Culinary Championships’ Gold Medal Plates event continued to make headlines with a photo gallery published in the Kelowna Daily Courier, and the Kelowna Capital News reported on both the winning chef and the College’s aspiration to grow its Culinary Arts facility. The paper also published a brief by columnist Maxine DeHart.
The Vernon Morning Star published an article titled Okanagan College benefits from grants about government funding, quoting President Jim Hamilton about programming updates in response to employer and industry demands.
Giving voice to the murdered and missing Indigenous women, local media covered a Feb. 14 vigil that was co-organized by College Business student Tina Miller. Read more in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s Aboriginal women to be remembered and Vigil for Victims, the Kelowna Capital News’ Missing and murdered Indigenous women honoured and Pushing back against being marginalized, and the Penticton Herald’s Rally draws attention to missing aboriginal women. Global News online also reported on the event.
The Summerland Review published a photo of retired Collision Repair instructor Randy Dewar speaking to high school students in Summerland about careers in Trades as part of the Skills B.C. initiative.
The Kelowna Capital News, Castanet, KelownaNow, and the Okanagan Saturday shared news that Raghwa Gopal, an Okanagan College Honorary Fellow, Vice-President at Large with the Okanagan College Foundation, and a College Entrepreneur in Residence in 2012, was announced as the new CEO of Accelerate Okanagan.
A performance of Stickboy, a Vancouver Opera production about bullying, written by spoken word artist and OUC alumnus Shane Koyczan will come to the Vernon stage on Feb. 25. Read more in the Vernon Morning Star and the Okanagan Saturday print editions.
A Penticton high school student with sights on enrolling in Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts program was named the first recipient of the Rotary Club’s Student of the Month award. Read more in the Penticton Herald’s Aspiring chef earns Rotary Club honour.
The Kelowna Daily Courier reminded readers of the upcoming deadline for the Okanagan College Faculty Association contest awarding 30 $1,000 cheques to current and former OC students to help combat student debt.
In the article Local group looks to inspire global awareness in Kelowna, the Kelowna Capital News notes Okanagan College partnering with the B.C. Council for International Cooperation and 20 local humanitarian groups for a series of globally-conscious events.
Castanet reports that a consulting firm will be brought in to look at acoustics for the proposed outdoor amphitheatre at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.
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