Hawley lands on CBC prize podium

hawleyEnglish professor Dr. Alix Hawley has been named one of the four runners-up for the CBC Literary Prizes in the Short Story category.

Hawley’s satirical piece Tentcity uses a first person voice to reflect on lost love amid the backdrop of the 2003 Okanagan Fire. The story climbed its way up through more than 3,750 entries in the English language category.

Hawley has made a point of entering the CBC Short Story contest for the last few years, first hitting the long list back in 2009.

Her strong showing resulted in a $1,000 cheque from the Canada Council for the Arts.

One of the unique aspects of this year’s competition was the blog where readers were invited to recommend and comment on any of the competing stories.

Tentcity, along with the other winning short story entries, can be read online at

Employee Excellence Awards moving forward

empexThe nominating period for the inaugural Okanagan College Employee Excellence Awards has now closed. Thanks to everyone who nominated a colleague for one of the awards. Selection committees are in the process of reviewing the nominations and making decisions on the recipients.

The winners will be announced at an event held on May 2 in Kelowna – please save the date if you would like to attend.

In addition to those who win awards, Okanagan College will also celebrate employees who have completed a credential, published a paper, or received an award in the past year. Please share your achievements, or those of your colleagues, with the organizers of the event.

Log in to College Matters later this week for complete information on how to share your achievements.

Okanagan College student ambassadors recognized

ambassadorsMore than 130 Okanagan College students were recognized for representing Okanagan College on competition teams, at conferences and in events over the past year at the annual Student Ambassador’s Dinner held on Wednesday, March 21 in Kelowna.

The students were joined by their coaches and mentors as well as a large group of administrators who all came together to say thank you to the students for the great work they do on behalf of the institution. The event took place in the Cafeteria at the Kelowna campus and included a fantastic meal prepared by students in the Culinary Arts program.

Denesiuk joins the Okanagan College Board of Governors 

connieConnie Denesiuk has been appointed to the College’s Board of Governors by the Province for a term ending Sept. 30, 2013. Connie is well known in regional and provincial educational circles.

She recently finished a three-year term as President of the B.C. School Trustees Association. Connie served on the Okanagan Skaha School Board of Education for 19 years, nine of which were in the role of Board Chair.

She currently sits on the Summerland Asset Development Initiative and the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism and is a partner in R. Denesiuk Construction, a family business that she has run since 1980 with her husband.

In other Board news, Tom Styffe was reappointed to a three-year term ending Dec. 31, 2015. Tom has served on the Board since 2010, and is the current Vice Chair. His appointment has been extended to Dec. 31, 2015. 
Follow this link to read the complete Public Affairs press release. 

Global Café makes stop at Kelowna Campus

alyaOkanagan College’s department of International Education hosted a Global Café event on Thursday, March 22 in Kelowna.

Joined by CBC Radio’s Alya Ramadan, the Global Café focused on discussions around anti-racism efforts and awareness. A group of international students from the College presented a short skit that dealt with the topic. International Education presented the event with help from Okay to Say, an organization that helps the victims of racism.

Final showing in Classics at the Classic

The Classics at the Classic film series in Salmon Arm is coming to a close but not before screening another classic film - Vertigo.

The final screening will take place on Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Salmar Classic Theater and will wrap up the semester long "Hitchfest," a program of public film screenings affiliated with Dr. Tim Walters' English 215: Studies in Reading Film course.


Doige and Day published in international journal

doige2Chemistry professor Carl Doige and Geography professor Terry Day have been jointly published in the International Journal of Science Education. A Typology of Undergraduate Textbook Definitions of ‘Heat’ across Science Disciplines is appearing in the 34th Volume, Issue 5 of the journal and can also be viewed online.

Follow this link to explore the conceptions of heat as presented in textbooks from across the science disciplines.

John Lent releases book number 10

lentExpect a decidedly mysterious and even amusing approach to fiction with the release of former Regional Dean John Lent’s new book The Path to Ardroe.

“It’s exciting, and it’s different,” said Lent. “This is my tenth book and it is a vast, sprawling novel that I began writing when I lived in Scotland in 1994/5.”

Lent calls the novel “a big ride” when it comes to storytelling, and is confident readers won't be able to put it down.

Lent is taking the book on the road through eight cities, including Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, beginning with a free event being held in Kelowna on Tuesday, Apr. 10 at Okanagan Spirits on Bernard Avenue, starting at 7:30 p.m.

A second launch will be held in Vernon at The Bean Scene on Friday, Apr. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.

The Path to Ardroe has been published by Thistledown Press of Saskatoon.

Sustainability in Education series

Women’s Studies professor Norah Bowman-Broz has been engaging her students in a sustainability-focused Women’s Studies class. “Eco-feminism” relates to many current struggles and innovations in activism, education, and agriculture.

In fact, the confluence of thinking about gender and nature is one of the most generative sites of academic discourse today. In Eco-feminism, students read and discuss how other thinkers are activating this field and we produce our own lively eco-feminist thought.

Students take part in World Water Day at Okanagan College

(The following was written by students in Arnica Rowan’s Marketing 116 class)             

waterbottlesOn March 22 the world participated in World Water Day. Each person drinks between two to four litres of water per day. By switching from bottled water to tap water we can drastically reduce our plastic waste; bottled water generates approximately 1.5 tons of plastic waste per year!

Here at Okanagan College, we as students are doing our part to contribute to a cleaner environment. A number of students, primarily through the Student Union and first-year marketing classes, joined forces to create awareness on this day.

In order to spread the word, we took a number of actions to do so. Some of these initiatives include: rad posters, water-sampling booths, press releases, social networking on Facebook, distributing reusable water bottles throughout the college, anything to get the message out there! Our main purposes for this project was to spread awareness for this worthy cause, as well as applying our marketing skills we have learned throughout the semester.

You can do your part too! Visit the Facebook pages “WORLD WATER DAY/OUT WITH BOTTLED WATER” or “Pledge Against Bottled Water!” and join the events. Spread the word to your friends and family about World Water Day, and how they can help. But most importantly drink tap water!

Communications students earn bylines

Three Communications students at Okanagan College have had original articles relating to course material published recently. 

Brandon Taylor, a student in CMNS 120 Intro to Journalism studies has an excellent editorial on the state of journalism, available in the online and print version of the current UBCO Phoenix.

Lyndsay Thornton, a first year CMNS student (already excelling in CMNS 260 Music & Society) has two incredibly smart reviews of current musical performances at oook. The most recent one is available here.

Also at oook is a recent graduate from the Writing & Publishing program, Sarah Fahey, the noted Penticton artist. She's become a featured columnist! Her most recent piece is here.

Science in Society speaker takes on social media’s role in scientific discourse

From hashtags to blogposts, social media is cracking scientific discourse wide open, and it’s about time, according to an Open Science advocate scheduled to appear in Vernon next month.

Dr. Rosie Redfield, a UBC microbiologist named by the journal Nature as one of the “10 people who mattered” in 2011, will be offering a public talk entitled #arseniclife and Open Science on Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Science in Society Speaker Series at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.

Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. For advanced tickets and more information, visit the Okanagan Science Centre at or call (250) 545-3644. For more information about Redfield and her presentation, read the complete Public Affairs press release.
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Want to make noise about your event?

Looking for a spot to post your event on campus? There are several event bulletin boards at every campus to let staff and students know about upcoming events. Contact your campus recruiter/events coordinator and they can make arrangements to hang your poster for you. The Student Union has several bulletin boards as well.

Please note that all posters and advertising for those boards must be pre-stamped by the OCSU before being posted. Our new events calendar provides a great opportunity to view events taking place at the College each month and you can post your event there as well.

Unfortunately, posters that are placed on doors, windows, posts and campus walls will be taken down due to compliance with fire code regulations so please avoid placing posters in those areas.

2012-13 holiday season closure

Okanagan College will be closed to the public during the holiday season beginning Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at 3 p.m. and will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.  For further information click here.

Five days left until Okanagan College Half Marathon

The countdown is on for the 2012 Okanagan College Half Marathon. Online registration closes Wednesday, March 28. Anyone wishing to participate can still register after March 28 by coming to the pre-race pickup on Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning.

Volunteers for the event are still needed – please contact Michelle Lowry to help out.

FortisBC Earth Hour Challenge 2012

Earth Hour is an annual global event where millions of people around the world turn off their lights for one hour, inspiring a worldwide reduction in energy consumption. Last year, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour 2012 takes place on Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m. Taking part is as easy as flipping a switch. Pledge to participate to “switch off” for one hour at There are also great prizes to be won.

Save the Date: August 21 and 22

Mark your calendars for Connections 2012: the most fun, action-packed and nosh-filled event of the year! Stay tuned to future editions of Inside Okanagan College for more details.

Summer hours at Okanagan College

As in the past, departments at Okanagan College have the option to change normal operational hours to summer hours.

For those departments who are participating, this year summer hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at Okanagan College will be in effect from Monday, April 30 to Friday, August 31. Contact your department supervisor for more information.

PPC’s monthly newsletter: March is nutrition month

Okanagan College’s employee and family assistance program provider, PPC, has issued its March newsletter. As March is Nutrition Month in Canada, this edition is nutritionally-themed, offering some sensible tips on healthy eating and an insightful article entitled Know Dieting; Risks and Reasons to Stop.  Follow this link to read the newsletter.

Also, PPC’s free webinar series continues in March, featuring "Eat to Boost Energy" on Thursday, March 29 from 3:30-4:15 p.m.  Please contact Carrie Middleton to register for the webinar.   


April 1 – Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race takes place at the Kelowna campus. Races get underway at 8 a.m. Go online for more info, to register or volunteer.


Writing and Publishing professor Jason Dewinetz described the beauty of antiquarian books during an interview with CBC Radio’s Daybreak. Jason coordinated a rare book exhibit that attracted a feature on fine books and the program itself in The Capital News. Read: Okanagan College gets antique and fine press book exhibit.

Winemaker Howard Soon, who teaches the art of wine tasting at Okanagan College, proved once again he has a nose for his business, landing the only Canadian gold in this year’s Chardonnay du Monde competition in France. Read: Kelowna winery brings home only Canadian gold from France. The article also features a quote from Okanagan College alumna and winemaker Stephanie Leinemann.

Both the Penticton Herald and the Summerland Review ran stories announcing the appointment of Connie Denesiuk to Okanagan College’s Board of Governors. Read: Denesiuk named to college board, and Denesiuk named to board of governors.

Student Melissa Veregin’s love of soccer kicked Okanagan College’s School of Business into a full-page feature in the Daily Courier for its work on creating the Valley’s first Indoor Soccer Tournament. Read: Players to benefit from student’s efforts.

Wearing o’ the green, plus a Red Dot Players’ rehearsal of Blithe Spirit landed Okanagan College a photo feature in eVent! Magazine’s Night out section. Read: College capers.

The B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education contributed $9,330 for Okanagan College’s School of Business to host the Western Canadian International Business Competition. Read College competition from the Courier.

The Capital News published word that Okanagan College’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team has received a $2,500 grant from the Business Development Bank of Canada. Read: SIFE students secure $2,500 grant.

SIFE’s sweep of the Western Canada regional competition was highlighted in the Salmon Arm Observer. Read: Entrepreneur students win. SIFE was also mentioned as being the co-host of the Green Business Awards. Read: Chamber and SIFE to co-present sustainability awards.

A day at Wal-Mart generated 350-pounds of food, $200, and a photo, for members of the Okanagan SIFE team. See: Campaign benefits food bank.

The Courier predicted that the OC College Coyotes could clinch a berth in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League championship. Read: Coyotes one win from final.

As one sports season closes, another one opens. The Capital News ran bookending pieces, closing out the season for Coyotes Hockey team, then ushering in the first blush of baseball. Read: Coyotes take 3rd, OC baseball and Fair-weather start. The Courier also picked up the story. Read: OC Coyotes hit the diamond this weekend.

Professor Alix Hawley’s spot among the finalists in the CBC Canada Writes Short Story prize was featured in the Lake Country Calendar. Read: Okanagan College professor short listed on coveted CBC short story contest.

Okanagan College’s Women’s Resource Centre honoured former mayor Sharon Shepherd with the Gert Beadle Award. Read: Sharon Shepherd, from the Capital News.

Faculty Association president Dr. Tim Walters wrote a letter to the editor of the Morning Star about the ongoing teachers’ dispute. Read: Standing with our colleagues.

Personality type drives the career-decision making process, said Registrar Jane Muskens in her Capital News column. Read: Do your own research to figure out life-long career goals.

eVent! Magazine featured Young Alumni award winner Shane Koyczan and his love of life in Penticton. Read: A small-town boy at heart. His story, and the release of his new book, was also featured in the Morning Star. Read: Koyczan returns to Vernon with The Short Story Long.

Culinary Arts graduate Jon Garratt’s new post as a young ambassador with the World Association of Chefs Societies was featured in the Capital News. Read: Young local chef serves in world post.

The College’s Residential Construction program, along with its partners, is building a new cabin at Agur Lake. Read more in: Partners sign agreement to build cabins for camp, and Another cottage slated for Agur Lake Camp.

The Osoyoos Times helped put out the call for students to take part in the 2012 BC Secondary School Mathematics Contest. Read: College and university call for participants in math competition.

Honorary Fellows George and Trudy Heiss and their “milestone” year at Gray Monk Winery were featured in the business section of the Morning Star. Read: Winery gets ready to celebrate.

Polygamy continues to be a hot topic these days, and it’s up for discussion at Okanagan College. Read: Vernon college campus to host lawyer speaking on polygamy.


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The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Tuesday, April 10, 2012