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July 28, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 9
Statutory holiday closure
Okanagan College will be closed Monday, Aug. 3 in observance of the B.C. Day statutory holiday.
Employee learning opportunities with the ILT
The Institute for Learning & Teaching is now accepting applications to two certificate programs for support staff and faculty.
The Service & Support in a Learner Centered Organization certificate (SLCO) will be offered during the fall semester. Geared towards service and support staff, it is a program ideal for those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in service excellence.
The Learner-Centered Instructor certificate (LCI), designed for beginning and continuing faculty/instructors, will provide you with training to enhance your instructional skills and explore the concept of learner-centered instruction. The LCI will be offered in the winter semester.
For more information on both programs please see the ILT web site.
Sale: two vehicles, one motorhome
The Okanagan College Foundation, Supply Management Services and the Collision Repair Department are presently offering for sale two vehicles and one motorhome:
For more information, including vehicle information sheets, bid forms and instructions, follow this link.
Bids for the Honda or Toyota will be accepted until Friday Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.
Employee health and wellness newsletter
Okanagan College’s employee and family assistance provider, Optum PPC Canada, provides information on issues regarding your health and wellbeing. Read the July edition of The Balance Sheet newsletter here.
On Wednesday July 29, join a webinar orientation to learn more about the support available to employees and their family members. Register here.
View the calendar of upcoming Optum webinars and monthly themes here.
Share your story at Connections 2015
Help us broadcast the diversity at Okanagan College. Public Affairs is producing a video presentation for Connections 2015 that highlights the various paths employees and students take to Okanagan College. To share your story about how you came to arrive at the College, follow this link. All employees, new and veteran alike are encouraged to participate. Filming will take place during the first two weeks of August, with segments filmed at each campus.
Aug. 18 and 19 – Employees can still register to attend one of the two days of the College’s 10th annual employee learning conference, Connections, taking place at the Kelowna campus from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Each day will have a similar agenda: an overview session at 9:30 a.m., followed by a morning workshop, lunch to be provided, and an afternoon workshop. Concluding the day is a social event featuring appetizers and samples from the Okanagan: Big Surf, Rider Cider, Bella Wines, Roche Winery, and Okanagan Spirits. This is an opportunity to connect with your peers, have fun, and celebrate the OC network.
To plan your day, see full descriptions of each workshop on the Workshop Planner.
Explore effective learning & teaching environments “Planting The Seeds” event
Aug. 24 and 25 – New and continuing faculty are invited to participate in a two-day interactive workshop held at the Kelowna campus that will focus on creating effective learning and teaching environments. The "Planting The Seeds" event is presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services.
Much like planting a seed and watching it grow, learning and teaching provides a rewarding, organic experience of growth. This two-day workshop will look at multiple topics to foster learner-centered educational environments.
Tiltshift Conference registration
Registration for the first annual Tiltshift Education Technology Conference at Okanagan College on Sept. 25 to 26 is open. Presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services, the conference will explore themes including online learning, technology leadership, and tools to benefit student learning among others.
Alumnus Matt Rademakers, the viticulturist at Poplar Grove and Monster Vineyards in Penticton, recounts how the College’s Viticulture and Winery Assistant programs helped launch his career in a feature article published in Crush Magazine.
Also earning ink for student success was Heidi Luken’s story about diving into her esthetics career at a new spa in West Kelowna following graduation from the Esthetics and Nail Technology certificate program, with a feature article in the Kelowna Daily Courier's business section on July 24 and online.
Watermark Beach Resort Chef Adair Scott, an OC alumnus, was profiled in Okanagan Life Magazine speaking about his passion for real and healthy food and how he incorporates it into the restaurant's kids' menu.
Ben Klick, a recent graduate of the Audio Engineering and Music Production program, is well on the path to country music stardom, starting with a concert at the Caetani Summer Music Series in Vernon as publicized in the Daily Courier's Life & Arts pages on July 23.
KelownaNow.com reported that the new Cactus Club Cafe in Kelowna contributed $5,000 towards the College’s Kelroy Munroe Memorial Scholarship in celebration of its opening.
The July 15 Kelowna Capital News print edition ran a story sharing Kelowna Kia’s support of the new Trades Training Complex at Okanagan College.
In an article focused on sustainability, Okanagan Life Magazine's July/August issue highlighted the newly activated solar arrays at the Kelowna campus, the second largest solar panels in B.C.(the largest array resides at the College's Penticton campus on the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.)
Business in Vancouver also wrote about the College's green campuses in a July 14 online article about PCL’s involvement in building the LEED Platinum Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Penticton.
The Vernon Morning Star captured news that five of the new Okanagan College Foundation board members are from Vernon in a July 12 print article.
The newspaper also reported on the interim naming of the new Greater Vernon Athletics Park in a July 10 article.
Also in the Vernon Morning Star, Honorary Fellow Annette Sharkey, who works with the Social Planning Council, commented on the support being provided for tenants being evicted from the Green Valley Motel.
Maxine DeHart’s July 15 column in the Kelowna Capital News shared news that Dr. Heather Banham, Dean of Business at Okanagan College, has been elected to the inaugural board of the Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C. (CPA). Also noted in the column is news that Laura Thurnheer, Business professor at Okanagan College, has joined the United Way board.
In a contributed editorial in the Penticton Herald, Okanagan College’s Board of Governors member Connie Denesiuk, introduced her vision for Canada to readers, as the Liberal candidate in the federal riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay.
The Summerland Review published an article looking at the candidates' race in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. The article explored the support received for Denesiuk, and also included commentary from NDP candidate, and OC Honorary Fellow, Dick Cannings.
A "thank you" from the Youth Writers Camp was published in the Penticton Herald on July 15. It acknowledged Okanagan College staff as well as College Honorary Fellow Yasmin John-Thorpe, and her husband Rick Thorpe (both generous donors to the College), who volunteered with the event.
In a look back at life in the Okanagan, the Kelowna Daily Courier captured that 25 years ago the College was seeking employees to sustain its growth in activity.
Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Axelle Bazett.