Environment Canada announces $500,000 funding for OSTEC and partner Okanagan College

envirocanMP Ron Cannan (Kelowna-Lake Country) paid a visit to the Kelowna campus on Friday, April 16 to announce, on behalf of Environment Canada, a $500,000 investment in research that will help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced through building construction.
The green building design project aims to reduce 75 per cent of GHG emissions from the heating, cooling and construction of buildings, and is being delivered through the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) funding for a project led by the Okanagan Science & Technology Council (OSTEC) in partnership with Okanagan College.
“Taking a different, more sustainable approach to building is critical to developing a changed economy,” said Jim Hamilton, President, Okanagan College. “We’ve recognized that as an institution, and welcome the support from OSTEC and the federal government in developing the information and skills base that will facilitate change in Canada and across the Asia-Pacific region.”

Business students golden at California competition

sandiegoA global recession and stock market crash were just two of the obstacles overcome by a team of Okanagan College business students to earn the honours of Top Company and Top Report at the 46th annual International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition in California last week.

The business simulation competition charges teams of post-secondary students from across North America with the challenge of creating a business product or service and then beginning with a share price of one dollar, the teams run their businesses, making decisions for the company over 20 quarters in a two-and-a-half month time period, which represents five years in the real world.

Ryan Rotariu, Asia Snook, Kim McIntyre and Michelle Plamondon ran their business, Taboo Apparel, more effectively than any other team, including top performers from the University of San Diego, San Jose State University and California State University - Long Beach.

Their product, bamboo briefs, ended with a share price of $56.61 – the next closest team’s product finished the competition at $12.54. As a company, Okanagan College’s Taboo Apparel earned the highest net income ($6.95 million in its last year alone), had the highest market share (29.2%) and produced the lowest unit cost. 

Despite the global recession, during which the market was down 40 per cent – Taboo Apparel’s share price appreciated from $31 to $56.

Kelowna Library reopens

libraryOn April 15, approximately 75 students, employees and community members celebrated the opening of the expanded Kelowna Campus Library and relocated Learning Centre.
The newly renovated space includes: approximately 23,000 square feet of student learning space (compared to 7,700 pre-renovation), new service desks, expanded work areas for staff, seating for 300 students (compared to 98 pre-renovation), 80 student-use computers, six student group study rooms with large-screen wall-mounted monitors, and a 20-station information commons computer lab.
The inclusion of the Learning Centre inside the Library creates new opportunities for collaboration and referral between the two student support areas, while the bridgeway and atrium entrances create links with the Centre for Learning, International Education, IT Services, and the Educational Technology Centre, among other program and service areas.
Since the completion of renovations in mid-February, students have been flocking to the new learning spaces, while exhausted staff in the Library, Facilities and IT Services are finally able to enjoy the fruits of their five-year labour of love.
Registration is now live for this year's employee learning conference - Connections 2010.

Join colleagues on Wednesday, August 25 or Thursday, August 26 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Kelowna campus for the annual employee learning conference. The morning will include a plenary session and update from President Jim Hamilton, followed by a keynote lecture from guest speaker Dr. Chris Schneider entitled "Social Media: The End of Society?"  
Staff will also have the opportunity to attend learning symposia led by colleagues who will share their expertise in a variety of fun, informative, and engaging sessions. From epicurean delights and Zumba and home energy audits, to putting content on your department’s website and identity and information security at OC, to team-based and service learning and developing learner-centred curriculum, there is something for everyone.

Come early to enjoy coffee with friends and colleagues and stay a little while in the afternoon for a social with food and prizes. Prizes will also be awarded to the department with the best attendance at this event, so gather up colleagues and register now.
Have any questions? Contact Kaya Forest.

Hockey team hosts first and last banquet as Crusaders

coyotesWhen the team known as the Okanagan College Crusaders hockey team suits up next season, they’ll do so with a new emblem on their jerseys. The team showcased Okanagan College sports teams' new logo at their inaugural hockey banquet last Thursday, saying goodbye to their valiant warrior and hello to a furrier, fiercer and more cunning mascot – the Coyote.
Okanagan College’s baseball team was in attendance to support the hockey club – they’ll also wear the coyote logo, as will all other sports teams that develop at Okanagan College.
The name of the coyotes was submitted by an Okanagan College student Tal Bajwa, whose winning name was among more than 80 entered into the contest.
In addition to unveiling their new logo, the team celebrated the season’s achievements, which included a third place finish in the BCIHL.

Penticton Campus joins ‘Battle of the Bag’ for Earth Day

cleanupThe Penticton campus celebrated Earth Day by joining the battle against plastic bags. An estimated 1,250 single-use plastic bags were collected by students and staff over a two-week period. A team of College volunteers took charge of taking the bags to a facility for recycling.

Plastic (and other trash) was also collected from the campus Habitat Garden. Students from Biology 011 and the OCSU Penticton campus executive joined campus staff over a two-week period collecting garbage from the Habitat Garden. 

SIFE Okanagan hosts second annual Green Business Awards

greenawardsFor the second year in a row Okanagan College's SIFE Okanagan partnered with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce to hand out the Green Business Awards. Eleven finalists were honoured at an awards luncheon last week with top awards going to:

Campion Marine - Manufacturing & Construction
Sysco Kelowna - Retail & Commercial Goods
RackForce Networks Inc. - Business & Professional Services
Holiday Park Resort - Personal Services & Hospitality

The green business award for sustainability leader of the year was presented to the Best Western Inn - Kelowna.

Two Centre of Excellence campaigns underway

Just as the College’s Centre of Excellence fundraising campaign celebrated raising close to $1.5 million of its $5 million goal, another Centre of Excellence campaign kicked off – this one of the advertising variety.
“This is the first major fundraising campaign by the College in the South Okanagan Similkameen,” said Donna Lomas, Regional Dean, “and we wanted to use the opportunity to profile the College and the Centre of Excellence campaign.”
The advertising campaign, which profiles donors and their reasons for participating in the campaign, is already having an impact in the community. After running the first few ads, several Penticton Herald readers called the College to express interest in joining the campaign.
Using the message “Okanagan College – Building for the Future. Your support creates more opportunities for more students to graduate job-ready to sustain and grow our communities” the advertising campaign consists of three distinct activities running throughout the next year.
First, with the generous in-kind support of the Penticton Herald and Black Press newspapers in the South Okanagan, advertisements will run on a bi-weekly rotation. Secondly, the Herald will also publish profiles of campaign executive committee members.
Astral Media Radio Group is providing in-kind support as well and will air advertisements on their FM/AM stations from Peachland to the border.
To learn more and to support the campaign visit: or call 1.888.650.6968.

Lights go out in Okanagan College buildings

lightsOver the course of the past year, electrical staff have been focusing on implementing more efficient lighting practices at Okanagan College. Up and down the valley at all regional campuses, Facilities Management has made slight and subtle changes to light usage – and those changes are adding up to big savings.
Older lights have been replaced with higher efficiency standards such as LED and CFL technology. Many of the lighting circuits are now tied into the Building Management System, which controls and limits light usage after hours.
In some areas (including the newly renovated Library in Kelowna - pictured above) motion and daylight sensors have been included to ensure lights are only operational in the presence of a person or when lighting conditions deem them necessary.
This project is a major focus of Facilities Management’s efforts in improving efficiency. Though changes are being made subtly, the project is moving ahead bringing positive change at each campus. The team at Facilities has been receiving some calls from staff alerting them to burned out lights, when in fact they may have been witnessing light sensors at work.
To help reduce Okanagan College’s carbon footprint, staff are reminded to:
- turn off lights that are not required
turn off computers, printers and power bars before going home

To find out more about this project or other energy saving initiatives, contact Peter Csandl.


Snowsell releases The Frollett Homestead

Communications professor Colin Snowsell and Kelowna-based literary publisher The Okanagan Institute are releasing the fiction debut of Snowsell – a novella entitled The Frollett Homestead.
A ghost story, lamentation for a lost country, and a work whose humour belies its sharp and sustained critique of the modern world, The Frollett Homestead marks the fiction debut of Colin Snowsell, who is already being hailed, by novelist Caterina Edwards as a “full-blown talent.”

Snowsell will read from his novella at each of the three scheduled launch parties, which will also feature an art exhibit of the photos of Canadian Press Photo of the Year Winner Kelowna Daily Courier photojournalist, Gary Nylander, which accompany the text:

Kelowna – Thursday, May 6 @ 5 p.m. Bohemian Café

Vernon – Wednesday, May 12 @ 5 p.m. Okanagan College cafeteria

Penticton – Tuesday, May 18 @ 5 p.m. Hooked on Books

Literacy tutors honoured for service

literacyThe contributions of three special longtime volunteers and friends of Okanagan College were celebrated at a retirement luncheon hosted at Infusions in April. Winn Hosfield, Eleanor Doolan and Ursula Wedemeyer have contributed a combined 55 years of service as literacy tutors at Okanagan College.
The literacy tutoring program at Okanagan College has been in operation for approximately 30 years. The program relies on teams of committed volunteers who help students in Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Kelowna, Penticton, Oliver and Osoyoos in one-to-one learning programs.
Winn, Eleanor and Ursula received certificates of appreciation for their contributions to the program.   

Hall and Whittle represent at Global Leaders initiative

Okanagan College students Matthew Hall (political science) and Vanessa Whittle (business) made a trip to Vancouver in mid-March as representatives of Okanagan College at the Global Vision/Junior Team Canada British Columbia Global Leaders Centre initiative.
The Global Leaders Centre is an interactive session that brings together youth with business, industry and government leaders to discuss global issues leading up to the upcoming G8/G20 Summit, which Canada is hosting in June of this year. The students are busy preparing their applications for the next stage of the competition, which involves an opportunity to participate in the parallel youth summit accompanying the G8 in Muskoka, Ontario.

The major issues at the upcoming summit are: terrorism and nuclear security, maternal health, environment, and food safety. Matthew Hall described the process as inspirational and exciting. Check out his summit video on youtube.

Spring issue of Ryga: A Journal of Provocations

rygaOkanagan College’s Ryga: A Journal of Provocations launches its spring issue with events in Vernon and Penticton. The journal takes its name from George Ryga, a political writer, to honour his commitment to his art and to his world. In a world often bereft of hope and opportunity, our best writers and artists do not flinch from representing the possible and giving idealism voice.
The Vernon launch will feature Craig McLuckie speaking on the work of former Czech president Vaclav Havel, whose essay “The Need for Transcendence” is in the latest issue of the journal. It will be Wednesday, April 28 at 5 p.m. in the Kalamalka campus cafeteria.
The Penticton launch will feature Frances Greenslade speaking on the work of award-winning author Lee Maracle, whose essay “Raven Can Do Anything” also appears in Ryga. It will be Tuesday, May 4, at 5 p.m. at Hooked On Books, 225 Main Street.
Both readings will also feature talks by Ryga publisher and designer Robert MacDonald, who is currently Publisher in Residence at Okanagan College, and Ryga editor Sean Johnston.

College team buzzes to victory in spelling contest

beeIn a demonstration of spelling splendour, a team of Okanagan College staff tied for first place in a charity spelling bee held in Vernon. Team captain Chandra McCann led the OC Eggheads (made up of Tanya Golanowski, John Lent, Jim Hamilton, Jeanne Boekelheide, Ingrid Neumann, Victoria Loy and Mark Nishihara) to victory while at the same time, raising funds for Junction Literacy Centre.
Among the more challenging words the Eggheads spelled correctly were: qiviut, Tsawwassen, fichu, and onomatopoeia.

Matt Robertson joins Okanagan College

mattOkanagan College has a new Manager of Health, Safety, and Emergency Management Services. Matt Robertson has joined the division of Ancillary, Business and Risk Management Services and will be working with Deb Peterson in his new role.

Matt has a B.Sc. in Kinesiology as well as certification in Occupational Health and Safety. Matt is familiar with Okanagan College, having served as the interim Manager for the past month. He has also been an instructor in Continuing Studies, teaching several safety related courses over the past few years. Matt can be reached at ext. 4573.

College student earns prestigious HR scholarship

laurenThird-year business student Lauren Hunt was recently honoured by the BC HRMA Southern Interior chapter with the HR Student Scholarship for 2010. Lauren was selected by a panel of HR professionals based on her demonstrated excellence in grades, courses taken, community activity and BC HRMA involvement. 

Regional Chair Cornelia Bujara, CHRP, presented Lauren with the award – an all-expenses paid trip to attend the BC HRMA annual conference in Vancouver.

"I had a peek at the conference itinerary and I'm going to be one exhausted girl at the end of it all but I can't wait," said Lauren. "The sessions all sound like really interesting topics. I'm so excited to have won."

Arts students bring day of action to the Okanagan

modelunAfter getting a taste of international politics at the Canadian International Model United Nations (CANIMUN), Okanagan College Arts student Lucille Murray-Dixon is preparing to bring a similar event to the Okanagan.

She and Okanagan College classmates Pat Brown, Craig Whipple and Jacek Gabanowich attended CANIMUN in Vancouver in March and are the first students to represent Okanagan College at the model UN conference. The team had less than a week to become experts on issues such as human rights, food crisis and nuclear proliferation.

Each of the College students represented a different country. Team leader Murray-Dixon represented her native land of South Africa while teammates Brown, Whipple and Gabanowich represented Canada, the United Kingdom and Poland, respectively.

“I was so proud of our team from Okanagan College,” said Murray-Dixon. “We demonstrated a great deal of poise on the world stage. Where we really shone was in our ability to problem-solve, co-operate and think critically. The confidence we brought forward in our public speaking allowed those skills to come through and resulted in an incredible three days of learning.”

One of the major themes that came out of the conference was the various nation representatives’ concern about global poverty and hunger. As a result, the team from Okanagan College has proposed to bring a day of action to Kelowna to address these issues. September 18 will be Stand Up Make Noise – a public awareness campaign to shed light on the issues of world poverty and hunger.

Murray-Dixon plans on involving students from Okanagan College, as well as middle and secondary students from within the region.

College staff, students put their strength to the test in United Way challenge

planepullA group of staff and students from Kelowna proved they have more to offer than just their brains. The team put their muscles to the test in a United Way fundraising challenge hosted by Kelowna Flightcraft.

The College staff were part of a group that raised more than $20,000 for the United Way by pulling a Convair 5800 20 feet. Teams were judged based on their time and while final results are not yet in, the Okanagan College team completed the challenge in 14.66 seconds. Of course, it didn’t hurt that a couple of Okanagan College Coyote hockey players joined in the challenge!

Suann Brown joins Advancement & Alumni

suannSuann Brown will join the Advancement & Alumni department as its new campaign assistant. Prior to Okanagan College, Suann worked with the YMCA-YWCA of the Central Okanagan and with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, she was working with Trades and Apprenticeship at Okanagan College. Suann can be reached at Local 4813 or by email at

Students rewarded for sharing their insight

studentwinnerTwo Okanagan College students received cash prizes for their contributions on the Student Satisfaction Survey. Business students Leah Oakes and Ying Zhang were randomly selected as winners after completing the 2010 student satisfaction survey online.

Leah won the top prize $500 and Ying was rewarded with $100. Vice President Steve Koehle met with the winners to hand deliver their prizes.

April 27, 2010 Vol. 4 Issue 2


Important revisions made to two Okanagan College policies

Okanagan College has revised two of its existing policies: the Cellular Phone and PDA Use policy and the Use of Information Technology Resources policy. The updated policies, which are effective immediately, are now available online and should be reviewed. 

Changes to the Cellular Phone and PDA Use policy require all employees with a cellular phone, Blackberry (or another similar device) to obtain their supervisor’s approval of their monthly billing statement. There has been no change to the requirement that employees reimburse the College for personal use of the cellular phone or Blackberry. See policy for details.   

Staff can access all Okanagan College policies online or by visiting myOkanagan, logging in and viewing the policy catalogue. The two revised policies fall under section E.5 – College Systems and Resources. 

Penticton campus temporary road and parking closure

Okanagan College advises all campus users of a temporary on-campus road and parking closure between May 1 and August 1, 2010. The main Duncan Avenue entrance will not be accessible due to planned on-site construction and renovation upgrades in accordance with construction of the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. 

Interim parking will be available behind the new LORDCO building and will be identified as Okanagan College parking. There will also be two designated parking spots at the rear of the Ashnola building for service vehicles, disability parking or drop off. There also may be parking available on Duncan Avenue. 

Pedestrian and bicycle access to the campus will be clearly marked and is encouraged during the course of the next three months. The temporary road and parking closure will not affect the College’s operating hours, classes, registration, educational advising or counseling services.

Central Okanagan Regional Dean position posted 

Okanagan College is seeking a temporary replacement for Central Okanagan Regional Dean Heather Schneider. Human Resources has now posted the job vacancy on its website and encourages staff to review the posting prior to May 4.
The Regional Dean is responsible for promoting and developing the Kelowna Campus, the Central Okanagan Region and Okanagan College in general in accordance with the mission, vision, values, goals, and policies of Okanagan College. The Regional Dean provides leadership, oversight and senior management in conjunction with the Program Deans for programs and services delivered in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan region.
Follow this link to view the complete posting.

Summer hours in effect next week

Human Resources advises staff that Okanagan College’s summer hours will be in effect from Monday, May 3 – Friday, September 3. Departments within the College have the option to change normal operational hours to summer hours, which are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Staff are reminded to check with their respective departments for clarification on whether or not their department is affected by summer hours.

Darren Cabral Memorial Golf Tournament

Friends and family of Okanagan College alumnus Darren Cabral (HSW) have organized a charity golf tournament in Darren's memory to help support students who follow in his path in the field of Human Service Work. The event will take place on June 12 at the Vernon Golf and Country Club with registration at 11:30 a.m. followed by a shot-gun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds will go to support a scholarship for a student in Okanagan College's Human Service Work program. Contact Andrew or Jeff for more information: 250-545-6272.

Welding to be offered in Princeton

Okanagan College is offering a new intake of entry-level Welding Level C in Princeton and is currently accepting applications for the program, which begins Aug. 9 and runs through Jan. 28, 2011.

The training will be offered in leased classroom and shop space in the community and is open to anyone who completes the admission requirements, including Secondary students, providing they fulfill course planning requirements as outlined by School District 58.
Prospective students can apply online, in person at the Penticton Campus or can mail their application to the College. Paper applications are available at the Work Zone and at the Princeton Skills Centre.

The number of registered students is limited to 16 – anyone interested can contact Nancy Darling for more information 250-492-4305 ext. 4288. 

Reclaiming Activism in Academia symposium

Okanagan College and the New University Cooperative invite staff to participate in Reclaiming Activism in Academia – a symposium being held May 5-9, at Okanagan College and the Naramata Centre. This is the second annual symposium, following up from the successful first symposium entitled Reclaiming Higher Education for All, which was held in Nova Scotia last winter and organized by the New University Cooperative. 

The symposium will explore activism as it pertains to higher education, examining the ways in which institutions of higher education can create and support progressive social change agents, whether in the capacity of student or educator or staff, in order to create socially responsible citizens that can effectively deal with the social and environmental crises of our time both within and outside the institution of higher education. 

This event is by no means a traditional academic conference, rather it is an event to bring together members of colleges and universities and members of the surrounding communities, both individuals and organizations, in order to create spaces for dialogue that will provide for greater opportunities to invoke and reawaken places of higher learning to be active agents for progressive social change in the communities in which they are located.   

Details about the symposium are available at or email Wilma at

Campus Rec offers new fitness challenge for staff

Campus Recreation in Kelowna is challenging staff with the Spring into Summer Fitness Challenge, an eight-week individual challenge running from May 3 – June 25. Building on the momentum of the successful Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is campaign, the individual challenge aims to target new participants to encourage them to integrate physical activity into their daily lives.
Past Challenge Participants: To register for the Spring Into Summer Fitness Challenge, simply log into the website and scroll down the welcome page to the my challenges section and click on join challenge.

New Participants: To register as a new participant, please stop by the Campus Recreation Office A105 to make your $10 payment and to receive a quick software tutorial. As always, Campus Rec will be giving out great prizes to participants along the way. Don’t forget to stop by the Campus Recreation office to pick up a copy of the new Group Fitness Schedule. Contact Lynn for more information.

An evening of creative and culinary delights

Okanagan College will host Culinaria: Refreshing the Palate on Thursday, May 13 at 5 p.m. at Infusions. Join College chefs Geoffrey Couper, Perry Bentley and Culinary Arts students for a five-course meal featuring Okanagan artisanal food and beverages, prepared by the Culinary Arts chefs and students from Okanagan College. Tickets are $60 and proceeds will go toward writing and publishing programs at Okanagan College, including the Kalamalka Press and Ryga: A Journal of Provocations.
The event will also feature live musical entertainment, guest speaker Jamie Maw and lots of discussion around sustainability, culture and food. Tickets can be reserved by contacting the Okanagan Institute at:

Diversity Health Fair comes to Okanagan College

Kelowna Community Resources and Okanagan College will host the inaugural Diversity Health Fair in Kelowna on May 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. In partnership with the AMSSA (the Affiliation of Multi-Cultural Societies and Services Agencies), the event is designed to create an awareness of healthy lifestyle services available in our community for our immigrants, international visitors and Canadians alike.
This free event will feature over 25 exhibitors demonstrating lifestyle choices, services and information to create overall health and wellness inclusive of body, mind and spirit development.  Participants will have the opportunity to: visit the 25 booths, participate in fitness demonstrations and classes, enjoy healthy living information sessions, experience the new interactive multicultural kiosk as well as enjoy samplings from the healthy cooking demonstrations.
For more information visit Kelowna Community Resources website at: or contact Doreen or Elizabeth at (250) 763-8008 or visit

Apply now for Okanagan College Family Award

Financial Aid & Awards and the Okanagan College Foundation remind staff that applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan  College Family Award.

Full award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan under OC Express - Forms and Foundation. 
All applications must be date-stamped at the Welcome Centre in Kelowna or the Campus Administration office at your campus by May 21, 2010. This round of applications is for programs starting between May 1 and August 31. 

Please direct any questions that you may have about the Okanagan College Family Award to the Kelowna Campus Financial Aid & Awards Office at 250-862-5419.

AME Trades Sampler Info night

Staff from Okanagan College and partners from SD 22 are offering a trades sampler evening on Monday, May 10 to share information about the College’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Aero Space Center on OK Landing Road in Vernon.

AME instructor Dale Keegstra will be in attendance, as well as Danielle Calder, the teacher of the AME Trades Sampler course.
The sampler course will be offered to local high school students in the second semester of 2011, starting in February and ending in June. The course will be offered outside the daily school timetable and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students will receive four high school course credits. For more information, contact Dale Keegstra.

Move for Health Day

May 5 is international Move for Health Day and will be recognized by Okanagan College’s Campus Rec department in Kelowna with a 3 km group walk around the KLO campus. Move for Health Day was created in 2002 by the World Health Organization to promote physical activity. A free lunch with refreshments will be provided for all participants. All participants must register with Lynn Johnson by Wednesday, May 5.

Join the 24-hour Relay for Life

Join other Okanagan College staff and students in Kelowna and participate in a 24-hour relay race to raise money and awareness for the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club. The 24-hour Easter Seals Boys & Girls Club Relay for the Kids is more than staying up all night with your friends and running in circles; it’s 24 little hours that will make a lifetime of difference in the lives of Okanagan children. Register with Campus Recreation, have fun and make a difference. Contact Mike Craig for more information.

Locally Grown partnership builds momentum

A growing partnership between SIFE Okanagan, Ecole Glenmore Elementary and Okanagan College staff has resulted in a multifaceted community event that will take place on May 7 at The Habitat in Kelowna. Funds raised at the event will support the Grow Up Greener garden project at Glenmore Elementary.
To help raise funds for the sustainable garden project, Communications Professor Marc Arellano will screen Strange Fruit: A Changing Landscape in The Central Okanagan, a documentary film about the crisis hitting family-run orchards.
Music will be performed by College staff, Tom Esson w/Blue City, Arch Doody w/The Rowdymen and John Lent.
Each ticket holder of age will receive a free Stanley Park Amber Ale from Turning Point Brewery—Canada’s first sustainable brewery. Free kettle corn is also being provided by Kelowna’s Queen Bee Kettle Corn.
There will be special items on the Habitat’s menu that have been kindly supplied by local businesses: Little Creek, Carmelis Goat Cheese, Artisan Bread, Moteas, the BCFGA and McCoubrey Farms.
Tickets are LIMITED
$10 (+ $1.50 tx & sc) - buy on-line at
$10 Glenmore Elementary’s main office, Leo's Video, Perc's Place (Glenmore and Cooper locations)
$15 at the door
The Habitat restaurant is open at 6 p.m. - film screening starts at 7 p.m.
Music starts at 8:30
Incredible silent auction items have been provided by:
Club Penguin, Cherry Hill Coffee, Urban Harvest, The Greenery, Little Creek, Moteas, Art Knapp, The Mark Anthony Group, At Your Fingertips, the Okanagan International Film Festival and many other kind individuals.

ILLT April newsletter now available

The Institute for Learning in Leadership and Teaching has published its April newsletter. This month’s edition includes articles written by Fellow Patty Toma, Jane Muskens and James Coble. Follow this link to read the pdf.

50/50 winner announced

Congratulations to Lana Hiscock from Continuing Studies in Kelowna who won last week’s payday draw for $540. The Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery is open to all employees of Okanagan College. If you wish to sign up for the lottery, registration forms are available from: Advancement & Alumni/Okanagan College Foundation office (P103, KLO Campus), Human Resources or online.


April 28 – The Okanagan Institute at the Kalamalka Café is presenting The Creative Legacy of George Ryga, an informal afternoon hour showcasing ideas and people in the Okanagan creative economy. Join Robert MacDonald, Sean Johnston and Craig McLuckie at 5 p.m. in the Vernon cafeteria. Admission is $2 at the door. Tickets can be reserved at:
May 6 – 14 Theatre Kelowna Society presents Distracted – a new comedy about a family with ADD. Opening night ticket pricing is available for College staff at a cost of $10 – call Angie 4501 for tickets. This play takes place in the lecture theatre at the Kelowna campus. Regularly priced tickets can be purchased at: adult $20, senior $18, and student $10 - plus service charge.
May 7 – The Habitat in Kelowna will host Locally Grown, an evening film and music event featuring Okanagan College’s Marc Arellano, John Lent, Arch Doody and The Rowdymen and Tom Esson with his band Blue City. The event will feature a screening of Strange Fruit: A Changing Landscape in the Central Okanagan.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at: and can be purchased at Leo's Video, Perc's Place (Cooper and Glenmore locations) or Ecole Glenmore Elementary. All proceeds are in support of the Grown up Greener school project. 

May 17 – The Science in Society Speaker Series will wrap up with a presentation from CBC Radio host Bob McDonald. McDonald will present his lecture: Everything you know is…wrong! Great leaps in scientific thought at 7:30 p.m. in Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available through or contact Carl Doige for more information. 
May 28 - The Kelowna lecture theatre will host a performance by M.A.S.K. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Contact Angie March for more information.


New partnerships have been formed between Okanagan College, School District 67, Greyback Construction and the Penticton Indian Band to support the technical learning of dual credit students in the south. Read more in: Students to benefit from Home for Learning project.

Communications instructor Marc Arellano screened his full length documentary, Strange Fruit: A Changing Landscape in The Central Okanagan, at the Vernon Campus last weekend. A great deal of public interest has been generated by the film. Read article: Fruit films strikes to the core.

Okanagan College hosted the Chaines des Rotiseurs Jeune Commis in mid April. This regional competition is the first step in getting to the international competition for young culinary arts students. Read more in: Young mentored chefs have skills tested.

Okanagan College hosted and helped organize B.C.’s Junior Chef Competition in mid April. Steve Kaun, of Vancouver, won first prize, with Okanagan College alumnus Brian Wawryk coming in second. Read more in: B.C.’s junior chefs slice and dice their competition.

A team of Civil Engineering Technology students from Okanagan College won top honours at the Wood WORKS! BC/Canadian Wood Council’s annual Wood Design Competition held at UBC Vancouver. Read more in: College kids catapult to first place.

In her April 16 column, Registrar Jane Muskens, compared education statistics in our community, province and nation in: Labour skills shortage in Kelowna likely evident if housing heats up. This week Jane provided a look at the diversity of students and the importance of global experience in: Multicultural experience is alive at Ok College campus.

The appointment of Jane Muskens as Okanagan College’s new Registrar received more attention in the press last week. Read the Vernon Morning Star coverage: New Okanagan College registrar located from within ranks.

In pursuit of her dream, Salmon Arm campus student Sharel Elliott-Crocker is tutored regularly by Julia Muller. Sharel is working toward beginning her BBA and Muller is helping her reach for her goal. Read more about their story and how to become involved with volunteer tutoring in: Tutors help open doors.

Again hiring from within, Okanagan College promoted Dr. Heather Banham to Dean of the Okanagan School of Business from a pool of applicants from around the country. Read more in: New OC dean geared for business, Business dean named at college, and Banham gets promoted.

West Kelowna is interested in having an Okanagan College presence. In discussions in mid April Mayor Findlater, councilors and members of the Westbank First Nation expressed their hope that Okanagan College will open a facility in the next five years. Read more in: Okanagan College campus eyed by municipality.

The Centre of Excellence in Penticton will include a space for an incubation centre for new business. Read more in: ORIC incubators producing new businesses.

Okanagan College’s Students in Free Enterprise in Vernon held a Dragons’ Den event for high school students. The event helps them to develop their business ideas, create budgets and business plans. Read more in: Students enter the Dragons’ Den.

Okanagan College student Meaghan Atkinson-Smith volunteers with the Music in the Round program at Parkinson Rec Centre and was included in Allison McNeill’s column about volunteering this week. Read more in: Better to give than receive.

Douglas MacLeod, Associate Dean of Science, Technology and Health was quoted explaining a new project that brings architects, engineers and researchers together to develop best practices to maximize energy efficiency. Read more in: Greener buildings goal of college research project.

A new partnership between Okanagan College and the En’owkin Centre was signed recently in the South Okanagan. The agreement will help the two institutions work better to serve the needs of learners in the region. Read more in: Spotlight on work by aboriginal students or watch a clip from CHBC.

David Colombe, Culinary Arts graduate, and Colin McDonald, current Networking and Telecommunications student, both returned to school after a decision to retrain. In a Capital News feature - Trading Up - both men were profiled.

Kelly Scott, college alumna, was at the curling rink again, posting records at the Capital One Grand Slam. Read more in: Strong finish for Scott crew.

The humanitarian club at Okanagan College hosted a road hockey tournament raising money for Right to Play at the Vernon campus. Read more in: College Hockey.

The Coyotes, Okanagan College’s baseball team, continue the season playing Thompson Rivers University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Read what the team has been up to in: OC Coyotes all even, Coyotes split with ‘Pack, Another split for OC, and Coyotes head to Calgary.

Coyotes player, Rob Alksne, was featured in the Okaped Athlete of the Month. Having played with the team for two seasons, his consistency of play is noted by Coach White as a big strength for the Coyotes team.

Public Affairs' Karma Lacoff is on the host committee for BreakOut West and programming the music for the BreakOut West music festival which will be held Oct. 21 to 24. Read more in: Kelowna to break out in song.

Stan Chung, acting Dean of Arts and Foundational programs, continued his column from two weeks ago in part two of 3 x 1973: Williams Lake Park II.


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