College Wide Objectives

The opportunity to participate in development of College-Wide Objectives hits full stride next week with the first facilitated sessions that will take place on:

March 4 – Salmon Arm campus, 3 – 4 p.m., Room 136
March 5 – Penticton campus, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Sunoka PE C 16
March 12 – Kelowna campus, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, B215
March 13 – Kelowna campus, noon – 1:30 p.m., B215
March 14 – Vernon campus, noon – 1:30 p.m., E102/E103

This is an important part of our planning and development process and all staff are invited to participate. For more information on the process and the sessions, and an explanation of how the College-Wide Objectives fit into our planning framework, consult last week’s special edition of Inside Okanagan College.

Lakers in contention for national titles

Okanagan Lakers Volleyball

majorThe Okanagan Lakers men’s and women’s volleyball teams have enjoyed very strong seasons. Last weekend at the Provincial Championships hosted by Malaspina University College in Nanaimo, BC the men won the Provincial Gold medal, the women won the Provincial Silver medal and both qualified for National Championships. Congratulations!
The Women’s Nationals this year are hosted by Mount Royal College in Calgary, AB March 6 – 8.  The Men’s Nationals this year are hosted by Humber College in Toronto March 7 – 9. Good luck to both teams!
Okanagan Lakers Basketball
Good Luck to our men’s and women’s basketball teams who will be participating in the Provincial Championships this weekend at UNBC in Prince George, BC. Stay up to speed on Laker's basketball results by visiting the website for the provincials.

Stan Chung to attend Governor General’s Leadership Conference

stanOkanagan College’s Associate Dean of Arts and Foundational Programs was recently selected to represent Okanagan College and British Columbia at the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. The conference includes representatives from every region of Canada from a variety of professional backgrounds. The conference members are considered to be high potential individuals expected to achieve senior leadership positions in their organizations and communities. The mission of the leadership conference is to:

- Improve decision-making abilities among young leaders likely to occupy high-level positions in the near future
- Facilitate a more progressive era of interaction between leaders from business, labour, government and the broader community
- Broaden understanding of Canada

To find out more about the conference visit:

Spaghetti Bridge celebrates silver anniversary

On March 7 Okanagan College will hold its 25th Spaghetti Bridge contest. In recognition of the big anniversary Okanagan College is welcoming back two familiar faces from Spaghetti Bridge's past - former heavy weight champions Bob Williams and Lincoln Miller. Although he is not eligible to compete for prizes, Bob is building a bridge to demonstrate his enduring skills. In addition to Bob and Lincoln, a number of heavy weight contenders will compete, including international students.

If you want to catch some of the 25th anniversary of the Spaghetti Bridge Building contest this is what’s going on in the lecture theatre:

10 a.m. – Elementary student demonstration: elementary students will showcase their replicas of the William R. Bennett bridge

11 a.m. – Secondary and post-secondary individual student competition

Noon – Secondary and post-secondary team building competition

1 p.m. – Presentation to Bob Williams and Lincoln Miller – two of our Spaghetti Bridge Heavyweight pioneers

1:30 – Heavyweight competition

College to celebrate International Women’s Day

An award-winning writer, women scholars, social activists and a burlesque researcher are just some of the women who will headline a series of community events leading up to International Women’s Day - March 8, 2008. In recognition of the importance of the day, Okanagan College will present events in Penticton, Vernon and Kelowna. The theme for Okanagan College’s events focuses on the trafficking of women, sexual slavery and prostitution. But organizer and Okanagan College Women’s Studies professor Dr. Ann Marie McKinnon notes that International Women’s Day reaches far beyond any one topic.

“International Women’s Day is not just about one theme or one group of women – it is about everyone,” says McKinnon. “It is about recognizing the importance of gender equality but also about celebrating women in every capacity.”

To find out more about the events taking place next week, visit the events section.

Mount Boucherie students get cooking with Okanagan College

mbssA new culinary arts partnership is now underway at Mount Boucherie Secondary in Kelowna. The program is being operated out of a brand new facility at the school and will give students dual credit for high school and college courses. Instructors from Okanagan College are training the students who will qualify for level one Culinary Arts credit. Bill Adams, chair of the College’s Culinary Arts program played a large role in getting the program off the ground. The food prepared by the students is sold in the cafeteria and fulfills the new healthy eating guidelines for students. Seventeen students are currently taking part in the program.


adbuster An article by Stan Chung appeared in the March/April issue of Adbusters magazine, which features Paris Hilton on the cover. Stan’s article is called Waiting For D-Day. The four-page spread can be seen by following these links: page one, page two, page three, page four. Adbusters is a not-for-profit magazine that does not rely on advertising sales for revenue. The magazine is published in Vancouver and has an international circulation of about 120,000. To find out more about Adbusters, visit:

The Okanagan Lakers volleyball and basketball teams were featured prominently in a variety of newspapers recently.
Lakers ace first test at hoops provincials, Kelowna Daily Courier
Laker hoopsters shoot for B.C. gold, Kelowna Capital News

UBCO shocks Mariners, wins gold, Kelowna Daily Courier
Lakers get on well-timed roll to serve up men’s gold, Kelowna Capital News
McFarland sets tone for Laker men with kills on offense, Kelowna Capital News

Vice President Steve Koehle was quoted talking about the opportunities that exist in Canada for Caribbean workers in an article appearing online at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation. Read the full article in BCC and Okanagan College sign memorandum of understanding. Listen to part of an interview with Steve that aired on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.

A letter to the editor of the Kelowna Daily Courier urged the federal government to commit more funds to Canada’s colleges in order to address the nation’s skills shortage. Read the letter from James Knight, president of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges – Budget must send cash to colleges.

With the 25th annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest around the corner ASTTBC published a newsletter featuring the 2007 competition. Check out the pictures and read about the sponsors in Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest.

The Kelowna Capital News ran an article and photo of students in Marc Arellano’s communications class who built a trebuchet as part of their curriculum. Read more in Education goes medieval. This is a two-part story: page one, page two.

The Oliver Chronicle spread the news of Janet Shaw’s re-appointment as chair of the Okanagan College Board of Governors. Bill Cooke, Jane Lister, Allen Tozer and Paul Johnson were also re-appointed as Board members. Their terms have been extended to 2010. Read the full story in Oliverite to chair Ok College board.

Building partners in the 2007 Summerland Home for Learning project, Eric and Vick Gerrits of Homescape Building & Design, were featured in a Vancouver Sun article for their big wins at the Georgie housing awards. Read more about their awards in Six coveted Grand Georgie Awards® handed out this year.

An article featuring the innovative marketing undertaken by Okanagan College’s Electronic Engineering Technology program was published in ASTTBC’s newsletter. Read more in Novel approach to marketing…student recruitment a common goal.

The Summerland Review profiled the experience of Summerland Secondary student Toni Gibbings, one of a dozen students enrolled in dual-credit apprenticeship training programs in Summerland. Read more in School provides training for trades.

The Penticton Herald ran a brief piece about upcoming program information sessions at Okanagan College. Find out the details in College showing off its programs.

An article in the Kelowna Daily Courier quoted OCSU president Andrew Nelson’s reaction to the federal government’s new budget. Find out what Andrew had to say in Students pleased with budget news.

The Phoenix student newspaper printed a presentation made by Andrew Nelson to the Okanagan College Board of Governors at a tuition consultation. Read more in Presentation to the OC Board of Governors.

Honourary Okanagan College Fellow Lorraine McGrath has joined the board of Paragon Pharmacies. Read more about her latest appointment in the Okanagan Saturday’s McGrath joins board of Paragon.

The Salmon Arm Observer ran an article about the Okanagan College film club’s selection for upcoming films. Hear from English professor Tim Walters about how the films were chosen and what audiences can look forward to in College film offerings tackle current issues.

Jane Muskens’ School’s In columns tackled the issue of drop out rates among college students. Read more in College drop out rates puzzling and Top 10 reasons why students choose to drop out of college. Jane also had a previous column featured in a special education edition in the Kelowna Capital News. In case you missed it, check out Opportunities in education: first step towards the future.


Marc Arellano asks, Are you creative?

Communications professor Marc Arellano has released his latest podcast, Are you creative? In this episode Marc explores the nature and function of creativity and speaks to: award-winning filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns, two poets: Christian Bok, the 2002 winner of the Griffin Poetry prize, and Jake Kennedy, the 2007 winner of the BP Nichol award, and an up and coming performing artist, Ryan Donn, who is an Okanagan College alumnus and recently released a new album, This Life.

You can get the full interview by accessing either an enriched m4a or basic
mp3 file via the podcast link off Marc's homepage:

If you have iTunes installed on your computer, get the interview via the
iTunes music store:.

A Quicktime player or iTunes will be needed to play the m4a file. You can
download either for free at

Off to Club Penguin

amandaAmanda Penner will be leaving Okanagan College and her role as graphic designer. Amanda has accepted a position in graphic design with Club Penguin and will begin her new role on March 13.

Marlis Wecels joins Okanagan College

Marlis Wecels is temporarily joining Okanagan College in the role of Alumni and Community Relations Coordinator. Marlis will fill the position while Katerina Hay is on a temporary leave. Marlis comes from Calgary and has more than 10 years' work experience in learning and development settings, including six years of marketing and program coordination with Career Services at Mount Royal College. Marlis is looking forward to building on the Alumni Office's past successes and contributing to the Okanagan College community.

Jane Muskens wants your help

jane3Jane Muskens, Okanagan College’s Manager of Recruitment, is inviting staff to share their great ideas for potential columns. Jane contributes to the Kelowna Capital News each week with her column on post-secondary issues, School’s In. Several faculty members as well as staff have already bent Jane’s ear and provided fodder for a few great columns. If you have any ideas send Jane an email.

Bev Hennings retires

bevAfter 28 years of service Bev Hennings, a valued member of the Registrar’s Office, is retiring. Everyone is invited to join Bev’s colleagues and friends on March 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Duffers Pub for a few drinks. For further info please contact Barb Neetz at local 4553.

Continuing Studies class gives back

In December, the Continuing Studies Spanish class in Vernon decided for forgo their usual final day celebration and chose to bring in toys during their last class. The toys were then donated to a local Service Provider, North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society (NOYFSS). NOYFSS sent the class a thank you note, saying “Thanks so much for your kind donation of toys. Your gift will go a long way to making the persons we serve feel cared for by our community – sincere thanks from all of us at NOYFSS.”


Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Christine Ulmer.

The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on March 14, 2008.

February 29, 2008, Vol. 1 Issue 23


Education Council calls

Okanagan College is calling for faculty and support staff nominations for positions on the College’s Education Council. Nominations must be received by the Registrar in Kelowna no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. The positions will commence August 1, 2008. To find out more about the nomination and election process, click here.

Volunteers needed for Campus-to-Campus

The Okanagan College Campus-to-Campus 1/2 Marathon and Relay Race is looking for volunteers to work as course marshalls. This job requires a small time commitment on Sunday, March 30. If you would like to help out and cheer on the runners email Stephanie Paul. All volunteers receive a Campus-to-Campus T-shirt and are invited for coffee and goodies in the cafeteria the morning of the race.

College Blood Drive back for second year

The second annual Okanagan College blood donor drive will get underway on March 18, 19, 25 and 26 in Kelowna. The drive will span four days in order to accommodate staff and students schedules as well as diminish wait times. Anyone wishing to register can contact Angie (local 4501).  If the Okanagan College blood drive dates do not fit into your schedule you can call Canadian Blood Services to book your own time. If you would like your donation to contribute to Okanagan College's just let the staff at the clinic know you are from the College and your donation will be included in the drive. Call 1-888-2-DONATE to book your appointment.

Did you know?

Kelowna is the fifth largest user of platelets and the sixth largest user of blood in BC, yet less than three per cent of BC residents donate blood.  BC needs to import between 16,000 and 17,000 units of blood to our hospitals each year, and we usually import from Alberta and Ontario.

Revelstoke extensions

Staff at the Revelstoke Centre have been assigned direct extensions and can now be reached without dialing the main Revelstoke number. A list of Revelstoke staff and their extensions is below:

Janet Lemieux: 6502
Garry Pendergast: 6503
Renee Myers: 6501
Sarra Dupuis: 6507
Simone Palmer:  6504
BR Whalen:  6505
Claudette Kendel: 6508
Centre for Learning: 6511
Lunch Room: 6506

Holiday Season closures for 2008-09

Okanagan College will be closed to the public during the holiday season from Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 to Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 and will re-open Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. Employees not scheduled to work are expected to take vacation or leave without pay as outlined below.
Wed, Dec. 24, 2008 – support staff floater - Admin, Faculty and Vocational employees report to work unless on approved leave
Thu, Dec. 25 and Fri, Dec. 26 – Christmas statutory holidays
Mon, Dec. 29 – employees book vacation days or leave without pay
Tue, Dec. 30 – employees book vacation days or leave without pay
Wed, Dec. 31– employees book vacation days or leave without pay
Thu, Jan. 1, 2009 – New Year’s Day - statutory holiday
Fri, Jan. 2, 2009 – Okanagan College is open for business – report to work unless on approved leave

Note:  If an employee is booking a vacation day for January 2, 2009 it must be taken from their 2009 vacation entitlement.

In accordance with Human Resources Procedure 8.3, on the last normal working day prior to Christmas Day, this year being Dec. 24, departments may close at 3 p.m. During the closure, the heating in the buildings will be set to low, therefore, if there are requirements for employees to work, Facilities Management should be notified.

Bocce is back

The second annual Kelowna bocce tournament is now being organized for spring 2008. If you would like to play, all you have to do is find a partner, create a fun team name and let Angie March in the Regional Dean’s office know as soon as you can. Last year we had 11 teams participate including tournament winners from the Dynamic Duo, Lulu Hall and Gloria Chutskoff. Their names are now forever inscribed on a prestigious trophy housed in the Kelowna boardroom. This year we hope to see even more bocce teams out there. Play begins at the end of March.

Use technology to cut back on paper

Most medium to large companies rely on email for official communication, yet many employees needlessly print out thousands of memos and company newsletters a month. Convince your co-workers to commit to email communication for any and all memos – not only does this save ink and paper costs, it’s also faster to distribute.

Cut down on your personal paper use by using your email program’s file folders to save important documents. Use these for your records instead of printing everything. Okanagan College backs up email every night so there is little risk you will lose those emails. For more tips visit:

Nominations for Alumni Awards extended

The deadline for nominations for the Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards has been extended until March 15. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to an Okanagan College or OUC alumnus who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, public/community service, business or industry, the arts, the environment or support for the College.

The Young Alumni Award will honour a member of the alumni less than 35 years of age who is making an outstanding contribution to his or her community or industry. Nominations are being sought for both awards for any person who graduated from an OUC or Okanagan College certificate, diploma or degree program, and meets the award criteria. Nomination forms and guidelines are available online at:

50/50 winner announced

Congratulations to Dean Nutter from Trades and Apprenticeship in Kelowna who won today's payday draw for $440. 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 (Landmark V, Kelowna) or online.

First aid volunteers needed

One of the province’s largest multi-sport events is coming to Kelowna this July and first aid volunteers are being sought. Join in on the fun of the 2008 BC Summer Games in Kelowna from July 24-27.  First aid volunteers are needed to help any of the 3,700 athletes who will take part in the games. If you are interested in helping out please contact Kim 860-3456. 

Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation National In-Course Awards 2008

You know students who want to change the world…

They impress you with their ideals, their community involvement, their sense of leadership and innovation and their excellent academic results. It is truly astounding to witness everything they are able to accomplish: awareness campaigns for a cause they care about, fundraising efforts to help those less fortunate, volunteering for campus and community organizations, etc.

Are you looking for a way to encourage them?

It's easy. Talk to them about the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation's national in-course awards.

Any student who meets the eligibility criteria set out below, has a strong academic record, demonstrates leadership as well as constructive and verifiable community commitment, could be eligible for a national in-course award worth between $4,000 and $10,000.

To be eligible, by the end of the 2007-08 academic year the student must have completed one of the following:

First year - but not the second year - of a diploma program


Second year - but not the third year - of a degree program (including university transfer)

If you know students who deserve this type of encouragement, invite them to visit for more information and the online application. The deadline for Okanagan College students to apply is May 30, 2008. 

Kelowna campus recreation updates

Staff interested in receiving regular updates on upcoming campus recreation/ student life events can email Alicia King, assistant coordinator of Recreation, Intramurals and Student Life. Campus Rec is working hard to share the news of events and activities among students to help increase participation. Student life programs can help students relieve stress, have fun and be active.

Kelowna walking club

Staff lunchtime walks will be taking place from 12 – 12:45 Mondays and Wednesdays at the Kelowna campus. Interested walkers can meet outside the registrar’s office. Please bring appropriate walking shoes. Anyone interested in receiving a pedometer to help track their mileage can contact Alicia King.

Drop In Yoga

Campus Recreation is offering free drop-in yoga in the lecture theatre in Kelowna on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. Contact Alicia King for more information.

Learn to Run

Learn to run with Campus Recreation in Kelowna by attending their free running clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Runners will meet at the Rec Office (A149). Contact Alicia King for more information.


March 1 – The 14th annual SkillsBC Central Okanagan Regional Competition will be hosted by Okanagan College this Saturday. The event will test the skills of competing Secondary students from SD 22, 23, 53 and 67 as they perform tasks in the fields of trades and technologies. Students will participate in a variety of competitions at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus including: Automotive, Culinary Arts, Welding, Carpentry, Electronics, CAD Mechanical and Cabinet Making. Events take place at the KLO campus from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Contact Dianne Holm for more information.

March 3 – An information session profiling the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant program will take place at 3 p.m. in room 130 of the Salmon Arm campus.

March 4International Women’s Day Event: Mary Shearman of Simon Fraser University will give an enlightening presentation on the history of burlesque performance in BC. To be followed by refreshments and the jazz styling’s of award winning local singer Olga Osipova. This event will take place at the UBC Okanagan Arts Building Atrium from 2:30 – 4 p.m.
March 4Penticton Speaker Series: Why Radio Astronomy?
Chris Purton will use a historical approach in discussing the development of astronomical instruments over the course of centuries. This presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre. Contact Jacqueline Pine for more information.  
March 5International Women’s Day Event: Panel Discussion - Women and the Sex Trade in Kelowna and British Columbia. Learn about how the sex trade affects women in our community and our province. Panel discussion will feature representatives of Prostitutes Empowerment Education and Resources Society, Elizabeth Fry Society, Benita Bunjun of Vancouver Status of Women and author Maggie de Vries. This event begins at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna.
March 5 (SA Campus) and March 17 (Kalamalka Campus) - Reaching New Heights: Travel to Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro - enjoy dialogue and pictures of two breathtaking treks in Peru and Tanzania.  Presented by Karen Sansom, math instructor in the AACP department at Okanagan College, avid hiker and traveler. Presentations will take place in the Salmon Arm Student Union Building at noon and in the Kalamalka Lecture Theatre at 12:30 p.m. 
March 6International Women’s Day Event: Sex Workers: Missing and Murdered – a personal view. Guest speaker Maggie de Vries is the author of Missing Sarah: a Vancouver Woman Remembers Her Vanished Sister, which won the George Ryga Award for social awareness in BC Literature.

March 6 – The Penticton campus will host an information session open to the public highlighting program options in Health, Continuing Studies, and Adult and Academic Career Preparation. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre. Contact Jacqueline Pine for more information.

March 6Global Citizen Week event: Invisible Children. A youth organization from Southern California will be at the Kelowna campus to present a film and speak about the lives of children living in regions of conflict and injustice in order to educate and inspire individuals to use their own unique voices for change. The event will begin at 12 p.m. in room SSC 026. For more information, visit the Invisible Children website or to find out more about Global Citizen Week visit:

March 7International Women’s Day Event: Writing from (and to) the Margins: Reaching Understanding Through Memoir. Award-winning writer Maggie de Vries will present a lecture at the Kalamalka campus in room D212 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

March 7 – Okanagan College will host the 25th annual Spaghetti Bridge contest at the KLO campus. The all-day event gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and will feature student participants, international competitors and a return appearance by Bob Williams, former heavyweight titleholder. To find out more about the event contact Michelle Lowry.

March 8 – An information session featuring two new programs to the Salmon Arm region (Human Service Worker diploma and Early Childhood Education diploma) will take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in room 141 of the Salmon Arm campus.

March 10Relationship and Dating Violence: Awareness and Prevention. This presentation will address the prevalence of violence and abuse in casual and intimate relationships in college and university students in Canada, the impact of abuse on a woman, and steps both women and men can take to increase personal safety. The event takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Kalamalka lecture theatre.

March 10Penticton Speaker Series: First Time Buyers Mortgage 101, Tami O’Callaghan. Can you imagine owning a home? Do you think it is out of reach in today’s hot housing market? Tami O’Callaghan, a local mortgage consultant, will take you on a tour of the options available to homebuyers that can enable you to get into the market and begin investing in your future. This presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Penticton campus lecture theatre. Contact Kaya Forest for more information.

March 13 – The Penticton campus will host an information session open to the public highlighting program options in Trades and Apprenticeship, Technologies, and Adult and Academic Career Preparation. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre. Contact Jacqueline Pine for more information.
March 16 – Student Life and Campus Recreation in Kelowna has coordinated a hike of the Kalamoir Trails from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The group will meet at the Pit prior to the hike, which costs $5. Contact Alicia King for more information.

March 17 – Join in on a Student Life event in the Pit at the Kelowna campus to celebrate the day of the Irish. The St. Patty’s celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. and will offer music and lucky Irish games. Contact Alicia King for more information.

March 17Penticton Speaker Series: People Who Care: An Environmental Expo. Ever wondered how you can make a difference? Several local organizations, projects, and groups will be on hand to discuss current activities you can get involved in to help preserve the environment in your community. This event begins at 7 p.m. in the Penticton lecture theatre. Contact Kaya Forest for more information.

March 26 – Student Life Kelowna is hosting a Texas Hold’em Tournament on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. in the Pit. To sign up, contact Alicia King.

March 31-April 4 – Campus Recreation in Kelowna is hosting PONG-A-THON, a weeklong ping-pong competition. Everyone is encouraged to sign up for the free contest. Contact Alicia King to sign up or for more information.


Factlets from Institutional Research

Science has the youngest average age of all programs at Okanagan College (21.8 years) followed by Trades Pre-apprenticeship at 23.5. Health and Social Development is the program with the oldest students. See the IR web site for more IR Factlets or check the next edition of Inside Okanagan College.

A tip from Security Manager Arch Doody

The following is a tip Arch found and wanted to share with Okanagan College staff:

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar won't stick around. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there.