Golden Day by the numbers
There was an overwhelming response to the Golden Day of Service.
Nearly 300 employees and students volunteered at a variety of community organizations across all four regions on Feb. 14.
3-hour Poetry Contest
Bolstered by the success of the 3-hour short story writing contest, Okanagan College has launched its first 3-hour poetry contest.
On Apr. 3 from 6-9 p.m., all four Okanagan College campuses will welcome current Okanagan College students and high school students in Grades 11 and 12 to flex their creative muscles and write up to three poems in three hours. Poems must be written in specific poetic form (sonnet or haiku are potential examples) outlined prior to the event start.
International Women's Day
A celebration of women’s rights will be held at Okanagan College on Mar. 8 from 6-9 p.m. in the atrium of the Centre for Learning in recognition of International Women’s Day 2014.
Organized by the Okanagan College Women’s Centre and sponsored by the Okanagan College Faculty Association, the event features guest speaker Marcy Cohen of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Hosted by CBC Radio’s Alya Ramadan, the free event will also feature the presentation of the Gert Beadle Award, music from the Wee Feminists Children’s Choir, wine from The View Winery, and children’s activities.
This year’s theme – The Women are Coming! – is taken from an original poster made in 1970 by Cohen and other members of the Vancouver Women’s Caucus.
“The caucus organized a caravan that travelled from Vancouver to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to protest restrictions to women’s control over their reproductive rights,” explains Ann McKinnon, College Professor in Women’s Studies and the Status of Women representative on the OCFA. “We wanted to draw attention to the fact that women are still fighting for their rights and for equality.”
For more information about International Women’s Day 2014, click here.
Honouring Aboriginal women
More than 50 people gathered at the College on Valentine’s Day to take part in an event that honoured Aboriginal women and sought to promote awareness around issues of violence.
“This event is about remembering these women, but it’s also about prevention,” said Gail Smith, the College’s Aboriginal Transitions Planner.
The Feb. 14 date was first set aside back in 1991 to acknowledge missing and murdered Aboriginal women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Since then it has grown to include marches and demonstrations at 20 cities across the country.
New partnership formed with a growing industryOkanagan College and Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Feb. 19 focused on supporting and growing the cleantech industry.
Cleantech is a rapidly emerging field that encompasses a diverse range of products, services, and processes based upon renewable materials and energy sources.
This new partnership aims to make the most of each other’s expertise, facilities, and connections to help grow the cleantech industry and integrate post-secondary institutions in the development of the sector.
The industry is worth an estimated $2.5 billion annually to the B.C. economy.
To learn more about the agreement, read the press release.
Therapist Assistant program receives national recognition
Okanagan College’s Therapist Assistant program has received accreditation by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program.
Therapist assistants are trained to work in the rehabilitation field alongside occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
The process, which took two years, results in increased exposure for the College, gives employers greater confidence in our students, and bestows graduates of the program with a more valuable credential.
The Okanagan College Therapist Assistant program joins only five other institutions to have successfully completed the process.
For more information, read the press release.
Sweetheart of an event
Nearly 100 people from the Kelowna community bought tickets for the inaugural Winter Indulgence event.
“I’m really pleased,” says Pastry Arts Instructor and event organizer Anna Mandziuk.
“It was well received and did a great job of bringing awareness to Okanagan College's Pastry Arts program. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.”
Major kudos for video
A recently launched virtual orientation tour created for prospective students has won both gold and bronze at the Education Digital Marketing Awards.
Competing against hundreds of submissions from colleges and universities across North America, Okanagan College’s What’s It Really Like video, which was created in partnership with Kelowna-based Hustream Technologies, won gold in the Digital Video category and bronze in the Miscellaneous Interactive Media category.
Hosted by third-year business student Drew Vincent, the virtual tour gives viewers an inside look at Okanagan College life, walking viewers through a variety of the College’s features and processes.
“The high energy video tour offers viewers the functionality to jump to different parts of the tour at any time,” says Inga Wheeler, Manager, Student Information and Transitions.
“Initial response from students has been great, they really like the interactive features and the ability to watch what interests them,” she says.
Watch the What’s it Really Like video.
Celebrate your peers
Great work deserves to get noticed.
Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:
The Employee Excellence Awards 2014 ceremony will take place May 21. All employees are welcome to attend the event.
Click here for a list of the 2013 winners.
Honouring 50 years of alumni achievements
On the subject of celebrating achievement, Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) recently opened nominations for the annual Alumni Awards.
Two awards are given out each year in the following categories: Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni.
To qualify as Distinguished or Young Alumni, nominees must have completed a certificate, diploma, degree, or apprenticeship program or have completed a minimum of 30 academic credits.
Nomination forms and details can be found at the following link.
University Transfer information nights
Information nights are being held at several campuses for prospective students looking to start their Arts and Science university degrees at Okanagan College.
Students can meet professors and current students, speak to education advisors about their future plans, and find out how to transfer from Okanagan College to a university.
Follow this link for specific event details.
In addition, the Vernon campus is hosting a Business Administration Programs Information Session on Mar. 5 at 6 p.m. For more details, follow this link.
Multiple Sclerosis research published
Dr. Brett Wade, Okanagan College Therapist Assistant Instructor and author of the Ekahi Method, has a research passion for studying complex diseases with uncertain causes.
Vernon mourns passing of Murray Whiting
A longtime friend of Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, Murray Whiting, passed away on Feb. 12.
Remembering Eric Buckley
The College community is remembering Dr. Eric Buckley, a 30-year employee of Okanagan College and Okanagan University College, who died on Feb. 21, 2014.
Showcasing fine craftsmanship
Studio Woodworking recently put its craft of fine woodworking on display during the third annual Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus.
Feb. 25, 2014 Vol. 8, issue 23
Education Council election update
The following employees have been declared elected to Education Council by acclamation:
An online election will be held Mar. 10 to 14 for the Business portfolio seat. Register your vote in the elections tab in myOkanagan. Two candidates have put their name forward: Edie Lowes and Drew McGillivray.
As no candidates have come forward for the Health and Social Development portfolio seat, interested persons can contact Rick Gee, Education Council Chair, to discuss this opportunity.
Reach Out newsletter
The Registrar’s Office in Kelowna publishes a monthly e-newsletter called Reach Out, which includes reminders of important dates, notification of Education Council approvals, program features and general information about what’s happening in the Registrar’s Office.
Taking action against bullying
Each month, PPC Canada, Okanagan College’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, focuses on a subject of concern to health and well being. February’s focus is on bullying. The Balance Sheet newsletter features articles about bullying in the workplace and includes some tips on what you can do if you are being bullied as well as providing some tools for helping your children prevent bullying.
Updates from the ILT
The Institute for Learning and Teaching has just published the latest issue of its newsletter Enhancing the Practice of Learning and Teaching 5:1 Winter 2014.
Science in Society Speaker Series
This speaker series brings science to the public and features two dynamic, internationally renowned speakers this month.
ILT Lunch and Learn Series
On Mar. 6, Okanagan College’s Dean of Shuswap-Revelstoke Jim Barmby will present Accountability vs. Autonomy. Barmby recently completed his dissertation on how provinces and post-secondary institutions balance accountability with institutional autonomy. This event takes place from Noon-1 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre at the Kelowna campus.
Lace up for the Half-Marathon
Run don’t walk to register now for the Okanagan College Half Marathon on Apr. 6. Participants have three distances to choose from: the half-marathon, the half-marathon relay and the 10 km. Lace up your sneakers, strap on your fuel belt and get training.
Visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/halfmarathon for information and registration details.
Register now for OC4 Cyclosportif
The second annual OC4 Cyclosportif cycling event takes place Jun. 13 to 15. Riders of all abilities can join fellow enthusiasts for all three days or just one leg of the event.
• Gourmet post-ride dinners
For more information and to register, visit the website.
Academica top 10 included the recent accreditation of the College’s Therapist Assistant program, see Okanagan College’s Therapist Assistant program received accreditation.
Okanagan College’s Board of Governors saw the Chair and Vice Chair re-elected to their positions, see College maintains board chair.
The Golden Day of Service saw employees doing good in communities across the Okanagan Valley on Feb. 14, see OK College volunteers lend a helping hand.
Three Okanagan College employees created a groundbreaking new online course in Applied Sustainability, see Profs offer sustainable course.
Okanagan College’s Alumni Association put a call out for its 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni awards, see College opens nominations for annual alumni awards, Awards honour college alumni, and Alumni seek award nominees.
Fostering connections of alumni regardless of location was the impetus of the College’s Alumni Association’s new netCommunity platform, see College alumni can stay in touch online, and OC begins alumni connection.
An interactive video orientation tour for prospective students recently won both gold and bronze Education Digital Marketing Awards, see Video golden for College.
Okanagan College offers animation courses to help train people to work in the area’s booming movie industry, see Movies a bonus to local economy.
The Okanagan College Baseball team opened their 2014 season in Florida, see Coyotes start down south.
The first annual Winter Indulgence event at the Kelowna campus highlighted the skills of the Pastry Arts students and quality of the program, see College offers sweet treat.
The Canadian Culinary Championships that took place Feb. 7 and 8 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus and the Delta Grand made headlines: see Culinary Olympics and Kelowna to remain the site of Canadian Culinary Championships.
An alumni of Okanagan College’s Carpentry Apprentice program voiced concerns about industry regulations that promote unskilled workers, see Unskilled workers compete for same jobs as Red Seal certified carpenters.
Former Okanagan College employee Alistair (Al) Phillips recently passed away, see Al Phillips Obituary.
A fire was intentionally set to some trees on the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College and a suspect was arrested, see Row of cedars catches on fire.
Two local entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to CBC’s Dragons’ Den when it held auditions at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, see Entrepreneur hopes to pitch to Dragons finds target, and Entrepreneurs line up for a shot on Dragons’ Den.
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