College proactive in H1N1 prevention

Okanagan College has taken steps on each of its campuses to increase sanitation efforts to help prevent the spread of germs and cross-contamination among staff and students. Facilities Management has hired new staff and increased contracted services to sanitize high traffic areas with commonly contacted surfaces (door handles, elevator buttons and other surfaces where flu germs are commonly spread).

The increased cleaning efforts are one of the most effective strategies in the prevention of the spread of germs. To find out more about Okanagan College’s H1N1 prevention initiatives follow this link.

College alumni named Young Entrepreneurs of the Year by Chamber

tmBrothers Todd and Mark Regier received one of Kelowna’s most prestigious community business awards when they were named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards last week.

The Regier brothers own and operate Prestige Collision in Kelowna. Todd attended Okanagan College and holds two Red Seal certifications in Automotive Collision Repair and Painting and Refinishing. Mark is a graduate of the Okanagan School of Business – he earned a diploma in Business Administration in 2004.

Dr. Kyleen Myrah served as a judge for the Chamber awards and was impressed by the Regier brothers’ business operations and potential for the future.

Winning the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award is really a testament to Todd and Mark’s hard work and dedication,” said Myrah. “They won in an extremely competitive category, which says a lot about the direction their business is headed. It was also very satisfying to hear them thank Okanagan College for all of the support they have received over the past years and their win is certainly a feather in the cap for the School of Business and Okanagan College’s trades department.”

Todd (left) and Mark celebrated their achievement with their nana, Irene Campbell.

Kelowna Library renovations to begin

The Kelowna Library is undergoing renovations to provide enhanced services for students. The renovations will begin in November and be completed in February.

Several changes will affect student and staff access as follows:

Construction on the second floor will result in the Library collection moving to the third floor during the first week of November. Student workstations will also move to the third floor during the second week of November. Six bookable student study rooms on the third floor will be ready the week of November 16.

Main floor construction begins mid-November. The central staircase to the third floor will be unavailable and access will be via the emergency stairs on the east side. The ground floor doors will be alarmed so that students cannot enter or exit the building by this stairwell.

During the week of November 16, plywood hoardings will cut off the construction zone from the rest of the second floor. There will be no entry from the bridge until reopening.

Once completed, workstations will move back to the main floor. The renovations will allow for an expansion of workstations, from 51 to 84 including several “quick print” stations. There will be a 20-seat Information Commons classroom for individual study when not in use for group bookings. The new Learning Centre will be relocated within the Library, in a greatly expanded space.

So, short term pain, for long term gain. Library staff are excited about the changes, and are aware that students will be in a construction area for a few more months. As always, ear plugs are available at the Circulation Counter!

Employee survey deadline extended

The deadline for Okanagan College’s second annual employee survey has been extended until midnight on Oct. 28 for those staff who may not have taken the opportunity to complete the online form.

The survey results will yield valuable feedback and will help guide future College plans and will assist in setting organizational priorities. The 2007 survey, for example, led to improvements and refinements in the College's approach to orientation.

The feedback employees provide through the survey is confidential. While the survey instrument asks for basic demographic data, the categories have been kept broad deliberately to preclude individual responses being identified.

Please take time to complete the survey, which can be reached by clicking on this link. Results from the survey will be communicated in a future edition of Inside Okanagan College.


Jodi Otten joins Finance

Vicki Pannell, Manager of Payroll & Accounts Payable will be starting maternity leave on Nov. 2 and Jodi Otten will be taking her place for the year. Jodi is an alumna of Okanagan College and hold a Bachelor of Business Administration. Jodi has been working at Central Hardware in Vernon and is currently working toward her CGA designation. Any questions regarding payroll can be directed toward Jodi – she can be reached at local 4312.

Staff Rally in support of Climate Action

bikeRobert Dantzer of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Ellen Pedersen of Biology, biology student Alysha Punnett, Public Affairs' Karma Lacoff and Wilma van der Veen of Sociology, all took part in the Critical Mass Ride on Saturday Oct. 24 in downtown Kelowna, as part of worldwide actions taking place on the International Day for Climate Action.

The event was just one of many activities held throughout Canada and the world to send a message to political leaders to show that citizens of Canada and the world demand their governments make a strong commitment to reduce carbon emissions at the next round of international negotiations pertaining to climate change taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark in early December. To find out more visit:

Alumni Association honours its finest of 2009

launiThe Okanagan College Alumni Association recognized Distinguished Alumna Launi Skinner, President and COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and brothers Todd and Mark Regier, owners of Prestige Collision, at the 2009 Alumni Awards reception on Oct. 15 at the Okanagan Golf Club.

The evening event, which is a fundraiser for the Alumni Association, was emceed by CHBC’s Mike Roberts. Highlights from the evening included words of advice from Launi, who shared anecdotes from her career and stressed the importance of recognizing those you work with for their contributions and successes.

Launi received her award from last year's winner, Don Turri (left) and OCAA president Kara Kazimer.

Ellen Pedersen rides to conquer cancer

ellenLast June Biology’s Ellen Pedersen participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation. As part of her fundraising mission, Ellen cycled from Vancouver to Seattle, a total of 270 km. There were 1,701 riders and many, many volunteers. As a result of the ride, the group raised $6.9 million for cancer research. The trip was so meaningful to Ellen that she has signed up for next year and is encouraging other staff to join her to put together an Okanagan College team.

Each member of the team will pay $75 to sign up and each rider must raise a minimum of $2,500. In exchange, the BC Cancer Foundation provides a really cool jersey, training and fundraising information, all the food you can eat and all the Gatorade you can drink for the two days, a couple of free alcoholic beverages each day, and a bus ride back to Vancouver. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Ellen; anyone interested in donating can go online (all donations qualify for tax receipts).

Player Profile: Kelly Loudoun

kellyKelly Loudoun is more than just a right winger for the Okanagan College Crusaders Hockey Team. The 21-year-old is also a full-time student in the Okanagan School of Business and is the current president of the Crusaders team. He and his teammate Kolby Barnstable were two of the driving forces behind the development of the team and between classes, practices, and road trips, Kelly’s dedication to his studies, his team and Okanagan College are his top priorities.

He began playing hockey at the age of nine and became deeply involved with the game after experiencing what it is like to be a valued member of a team.

“It’s not about winning or losing,” said Kelly. “It’s the relationships you build with the people around you. Hockey is a complex sport and it is all about passion.”

His passion for the sport means he spends nearly every day with his 22 teammates but he makes time for his studies, including his favourite class, Internet Marketing with Robert Wright. Kelly plans on earning his Bachelor of Business Administration at Okanagan College and then going on to graduate school to study law or sports and event management.

Though his goal for the team is to make playoffs this year, what Kelly would really like to see happen at Okanagan College is for students and staff to learn more about the team and to build a network of support for the athletes and to show their pride for Okanagan College.

Kevin McPherson at Vertigo

kevinGallery Vertigo will host its second annual Vertigo Book Fair and Exhibition from Nov. 17 – Dec. 12. Festivities will include an afternoon celebrating the book arts in the Okanagan with host Kevin McPherson. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 1-4 p.m. at Gallery Vertigo and will feature both well-known and emerging authors interspersed with lively musical entertainment. Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome. Contact Kevin for more information.

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College to celebrate 28th Career Fair

On Sunday, Nov. 1 Okanagan College will host its 28th annual Career Fair in Kelowna. The event will begin at 10:30 at the Kelowna campus and will offer a range of opportunities for all ages of people to find out more about a variety of careers and educational opportunities.

New to Career Fair this year is the inclusion of Science World’s Community Science Celebration, which will take place in the atrium of the Centre for Learning. The celebration will feature fun demonstrations and activities for science enthusiasts. As always, this event is free and offers prizes and fun for the community. To find out more about Career Fair go online:

Centre for Learning open meeting

Okanagan College is hosting an open meeting on Monday, Nov. 2 from 3 - 5 p.m. in the executive boardroom (S103B) in Kelowna to provide staff with a status update on the building. Details on the final construction schedule, food outlet and other information on the building will be provided. Drop by for refreshments and to find out more about the Centre for Learning.

Kalamalka Speaker’s Series up and running

The Kalamalka Speakers kicked off the fall series Keeping the Arts Alive on Monday, Oct. 26 with Rachel Harris' presentation “Inukshuk: An icon of Inuit self-determination or Canadian multiculturalism?” Harris is a recent graduate of the MA in Art History at York University and holds a BA in Fine Arts (Honours in Art History and minor in Classical Studies) from Bishop's University.

Harris' master's research paper addressed issues of Canadian identity representation with the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympics. The inukshuk has been appropriated from its source communities in the Arctic and from the Nunavut flag to function as an icon of Canadian multiculturalism on the 2010 logo. The talk featured images of the many cultural appropriations of the inukshuk-variant and promoted a lively discussion. To find out more about the presentation, contact Jennifer Sigalet. For upcoming Speaker’s Series topics, visit the events section.

Finance update

Just a reminder to departments submitting timesheets that Finance has set up an email inbox for timesheet and CE instructor submissions. The inbox “Timesheets” can be found in the Global Address Book. The direct address is

In addition, please note that the old Landmark fax # (762-3614) will be discontinued effective mid November. Please use the new Finance fax number 250-862-5479. The department will do its best to update the forms shown on My Okanagan with the new number in the near future.

Halloween BBQ in Kelowna to support the United Way

Staff in Kelowna are invited to a Halloween barbeque to support the United Way. The lunch festivities will take place on Fright-day, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Breezeway.

Toonie Friday update

Staff in Kelowna are reminded there will be no Toonie Friday on Nov. 6. Toonie Friday will resume its normal payday schedule the following payday. Contact Susan Kane for more information.

50/50 winner announced

Congratulations to Darleen Lajeunesse from the Kelowna Switchboard who won last week's payday draw for $522.50 - the largest prize ever awarded! 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.


Nov. 2 - You, me and the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule

The Kelowna campus will screen this documentary with the film's director, Paul Manley, in attendance for a Q&A after the showing. The documentary focuses on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).The film will be presented at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre. The free screening is hosted by the Kelowna Chapter of the Council of Canadians, and part of the National SPP Victory Tour. For more information, visit:

Nov. 2Penticton Campus Speaker Series presents: Reflections on the History of Astronomy with Tom Landecker.

Astronomy offers to answer fundamental questions about our place in the universe, and for thousands of years the quest for astronomical knowledge has been at the very centre of science. This talk looks at some turning points in the history of astronomy through the eyes of a modern scientist, and discusses some of the characters that made it happen. Tom Landecker is a scientist at DRAO. This event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre in Penticton.

Nov. 2 - Kalamalka Speakers Series: Keeping the Arts Alive presents at 12:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre: "One Thing Leads to Another" with Katie Brennan, a former Okanagan University College student and now with an MFA teaching at UBCO.

Katie will discuss "One Thing Leads to Another," a selection of work created between 2007 and 2009 “that demonstrates the progression of changes that occurred in [her] work during this time - from smaller non-referential paintings to larger canvases that began from found visual motifs…ideas morphed from one tangent to another and copious numbers of variations were explored.”

Judith Jurica, Director of Kalamalka Vertigo, a joint venture between Gallery Vertigo and Kalamalka Campus, will introduce Katie. This event is free. For more information please contact Jennifer Sigalet 2249.

Nov. 9 - Kalamalka Speakers Series: Keeping the Arts Alive presents at 12:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre: Southwest Studies: The Grand Canyon, Ethics of Biodiversity and Literature with Okanagan College instructors Stephen Doyle (Geography), Tim Walters (English), and Rod Watkins (Philosophy).

Explore while you learn through the Southwest Studies Program. Hear stories and view slides of last year’s adventures as they explored extraordinary locations in Arizona including the Sonoran Desert, San Francisco Volcanic Field, Anasazi ruins, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon. Southwest Studies integrates the disciplines of American Literature, Physical Geography of the US Southwest, and Environmental Ethics into this field-based program. Students earn nine university credits (English 215, Geography 223 and Philosophy 251) May 2010. This event is free. For more information please contact Jennifer Sigalet 2249.

Nov. 16 - Kalamalka Speakers Series: Keeping the Arts Alive presents at 12:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre: From the Hand to the Keyboard: Letterpress Tradition and Digital Technology in the Classroom with Okanagan College instructor Jason Dewinetz (English/Fine Arts & Publication Design). Jason is a writer, publisher, graphic designer & typographer and is the founding editor, publisher & designer of Greenboathouse Press, a small press publishing hand-printed limited editions by writers from across Canada and which received its fourth consecutive Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

Over the past two years, Jason has gathered together five antique printing presses and has begun to set up a print shop on campus where students will be able to work with hand-set metal type, and to print pages just as they were printed hundreds of years ago.

This presentation will briefly describe the plans for the print shop; the kinds of equipment collected, and will also include short presentations by a number of students to introduce their experiences and research thus far. This event is free. For more information please contact Jennifer Sigalet 2249.

Dec. 1This is what democracy looks like

The documentary film, This is what democracy looks like, will be screened in the Kelowna campus lecture theatre at 7 p.m. on the 10th anniversary of the Pro-democracy movement action that took place in Seattle in November and December 1999 when more than 50,000 people from environment groups, religious groups, women's groups, human rights groups, labour union groups and more, protested the negotiations that were being conducted by the World Trade Organization. Some snacks and beverages will be provided.


Okanagan College made the online news in for its efforts to reduce the spread of the H1N1 virus. Read more in: College and University ready for swine flu.

Okanagan School of Business instructor Robert Wright published an article on Web Hosting Ethics in Ping! magazine. Check out the cover story in the ecommerce magazine at

One of Kelowna’s top news stories this week was the arrest of a suspect in the murder of former Okanagan University College student Jennifer Cusworth. Read more in: Murder suspect in Jennifer Cusworth's 16 year old case. Or follow this link to watch video.

Okanagan College’s use of wastewater heating made the online news at Read more about how the College is utilizing green technology in: Okanagan College Wastewater Heat Recovery

The Okanagan College Alumni Association’s Alumni Awards were covered by the Kelowna Daily Courier. Read more about Launi Skinner and Todd and Mark Regier in: College alumni now business big shots.

Okanagan College hosted the Empowering Women in Trades Conference in mid-October and received media coverage from the Daily Courier’s Steve MacNaull. Read more about the conference and the women who attended in: Women gaining traction in trades. Follow this link to watch video from the event.

The Penticton Herald published an article about the Okanagan College Student Union’s campaign to combat debt among students. Read more about the Education Should not be a Debt Sentence in: Death to student debt or follow this link to watch video.  

The Penticton Campus and CEI architecture hosted an open house to share information about the new $28 million Centre of Excellence on the Penticton Campus. Read more about the building’s environmental goals and the services it will provide for students in: Public given preview of college expansion. Follow these links to watch video from SHAW and CHBC.

The Kelowna campus hosted a hazardous waste roundup in conjunction with the Central Okanagan Regional District. Check out earned media in: Hazardous waste roundup nets some bizarre finds and World a little cleaner now. Follow these links to watch videos from the roundup.

Okanagan College’s hockey team made the page of the Kelowna Capital News when it defeated the University of Fraser Valley last weekend. Read more about the team’s success in: OC strong on power play.

The George Ryga Centre will celebrate its 15th year with a performance by The Contenders, who are made up of legendary musicians Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard. Read more about the concert in: Contenders return to the Okanagan.

In his MP’s report, Stockwell Day praised the efforts of Okanagan College and its new Centre of Excellence in Penticton. Read more in: College will put us on the map and Texas knows us too.

In her weekly School’s In column, Interim Registrar Jane Muskens wrote about the value of being a post-secondary alumna and the importance of staying in school. Read more in: There can be benefits to remaining true to your school and College dropouts often lack a clear education vision.

In his Global Citizen column, Stan Chung wrote about the beauty and value of being a caregiver. Read more in: A special place.


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The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009.