Aug. 25, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 11
Statutory holiday closure
Okanagan College will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of the Labour Day statutory holiday.
Employee summer hours ending
Employee summer hours will conclude on Friday, Sept. 4 (not Aug. 28 as previously indicated). Regular operation hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will resume on Tuesday Sept. 8.
Scheduled WiFi outage (Kelowna)
IT Services is working to enhance WiFi coverage and performance at all campuses. To facilitate this project, scheduled wireless network outages in Kelowna are planned for:
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 5 p.m. to midnight
Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m. to midnight
This work is required to upgrade equipment supporting the WiFi initiative. Work is also progressing at the other campuses and more details about the new WiFi initiative will be shared shortly.
Should you have any questions, please contact Jake Block.
IT Services classroom support hotline
In an effort to continually improve IT support offerings, a new phone number has been set up to assist with technological issues in the classroom. When called a technician will be dispatched immediately to the classroom location. Please note, this number is only to be used when in a classroom and experiencing issues with the likes of projectors, sound, computer and laptops. Posters are being placed in classrooms for ease of reference.
The hotline is 1-800-836-5499.
September to May
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
May to August
- Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
If you have any questions about the hotline, please contact Ryan Ebner.
Family Award applications
Applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015.
Award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan under OC Express – Forms and then Foundation. All applications must be date-stamped at the Student Services Administration office in Kelowna (or at the Campus Administration office in Penticton, Vernon or Salmon Arm) by Sept. 18, 2015.
For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office at 250-862-5419.
Fall fitness facility hours (Kelowna)
Starting Sept. 8, the Kelowna fitness facility hours will be as follows:
- Monday – Thursday: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 12 – 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday and all Statutory holiday weekends
To sign-up for a membership visit the Athletics, Recreation & Student Life office at the Kelowna campus or use the new online registration website.
Manulife online tool focuses on
Manulife, the College’s group benefits provider, has launched the online tool My Drug Plan. It features a new prescription drug lookup to help you find out whether prescriptions are covered under your plan and, as applicable, your estimated out of pocket expense. You will also be advised if there is a lower cost alternative (typically a generic), and the difference if you purchased the lower cost alternative, as well as if prior authorization is needed.
The tool is optimized for use on your computer, tablet or mobile device for enrolled plan members who have received a drug card. Click here for more information.
Health and wellness resources
The August edition of The Balance Sheet newsletter explores the theme of optimism, and provides practical tips to help you stay positive. It also includes an article about factors that can have an impact on happiness.
Register here for the Wednesday Aug. 26 webinar titled "The Optimistic Mindset" which will provide tools to help you maintain optimism.
Southern Interior Flight Centre
Sept. 19 – Southern Interior Flight Centre, Okanagan College and Carson Air are hosting an open house to showcase a new facility and a long-time relationship with OC that has produced hundreds of commercial pilots over the past quarter century. The public is invited to the open house and celebration on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 6305 Airport Way in Kelowna.
Youth Exhibition PowWow
Sept. 24 – Celebrating Aboriginal culture at our campuses, 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.
Benefiting an Aboriginal student scholarship, there will be a 50/50 draw as well as a special draw for an autographed Jordin Tootoo hockey stick.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Pit of the Student Services building.
TiltShift Conference registration
Sept. 25-26 – see News section for details.
Showcasing the best barbecue recipes, culinary instructor Chef Stuart Klassen was featured in the Daily Courier’s Okanagan Sunday print and online editions for co-organizing and participating, alongside five other chefs, in the KTown Showdown barbecue competition held at the Kelowna Curling Club.
The Okanagan Saturday shared in a brief that a live cam has been set up at the construction site of Kelowna's Okanagan Centre for Innovation, in which Okanagan College will have a media centre and instructional space.
The boom in technology innovation in the region was the focus of a contributed editorial in the Business Examiner, which mentioned that institutions including the College are important to attract and retain talent, and to train students to supply the industry demand.
The Kelowna Daily Courier reports that recent West Kelowna high school graduate Alyssa Cowling has received a scholarship from Lifestyle Dentistry to help support her in her Associate of Arts studies at Okanagan College this fall.
A new technology and education conference, TiltShift, that the College will host in September caught the eye of Castanet's editorial team who shared details of what’s in store for the two-day event.
In a round-up, the Business Examiner’s August issue shared news of the College’s School of Business Dean Dr. Heather Banham being elected to the board of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, that Laura Thurnheer joined the United Way Board of Directors, and also included the announcement of the Okanagan College Foundation’s new board of directors members. The outlet also shared briefs about the Serwa family and Kelowna Kia donation to the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign, and that alumnus Drew Vincent has joined the Okanagan Young Professionals Collective as co-director.
Alumnus John Perrott, who was the OCAA 2015 Young Alumni Award recipient, was featured in the Business Examiner’s August issue for his work in the West Kelowna Economic Development Office in promoting the city’s Farm Loop and drawing tourists to the region.
The Business Examiner also shared that a new Business Solutions Forum created by the members of the South Okanagan Chambers will include representatives from the Okanagan College School of Business.
Both the Vernon Morning Star (print and online) and the Kids Connection Magazine inside the Kelowna Daily Courier featured alumna Christine Liefke’s path to a career as an Education Assistant, and shared details of the Aug. 20 program information night held in Vernon.
The completion of the third fully accessible cabin at Agur Lake, built by Okanagan College students, made headlines in the Summerland Review’s Aug. 13 print edition.
Honorary Fellow Alan Gatzke is preserving a piece of the region's rail history by documenting footage of the old CN rail line from Kelowna to Vernon, as reported by Global Okanagan.
Okanagan College Practical Nursing alumna Cristy Francis was interviewed by Global Okanagan, making a case for supporting the YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign.
Celebrations are ahead as the Vernon Morning Star reported in print and online that the new Greater Vernon Athletics Park, located at the College’s Vernon campus, will be hosting its grand opening on Sept. 26. Castanet also shared the timing update for the new track.
In anticipation of the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, the Kelowna Capital News print and online editions included the Pinot Bar event that will be held at the College’s Sensory Centre at the Penticton campus in a summary of events to look forward to.
In Federal election to run 11 weeks, the Osoyoos Times reports on candidates taking steps into their campaigns, including Okanagan College Honorary Fellow Richard Cannings (NDP) and College Board of Governors member Connie Denesiuk (Liberal). Infotel.ca also featured Denesiuk as part of their lead-up to the elections coverage.
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